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Kanye West Pleads No Contest to Misdemeanor Battery Charge

Kanye West pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor battery on Monday in connection to an altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport last summer.

West, who did not attend the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and undergo "Level 2" anger management counseling, which normally means 24 sessions, according to a court spokesperson.

West, 36, was also ordered to spend one day in jail, but he will be allowed to simply be booked and released, the spokesperson said.

The incident between West and paparazzo Daniel Ramos occurred in July as West was attempting to leave LAX. As the rapper walked toward a waiting car, he stopped to argue with one of several photographers standing at the curb, a video obtained by TMZ showed.

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"Why can't we talk to you?" a photographer is heard asking, later adding, "I don't wanna fight with you!"

West then addresses him: "What you're trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you like $250,000." West then runs toward the man, grabbing him or his camera, and forcing him to the ground.

Ramos filed a lawsuit against West in August. In the complaint he claimed his right hip was injured when the rapper punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground. The lawsuit also alleges assault, battery, negligence and violation of civil rights.

This is not the first run-in West has had with paparazzi at LAX. West and his road manager, Don Crawley, were arrested at the airport in 2008 on felony vandalism charges after they confronted two paparazzi outside a screening area and smashed the men's cameras. West attended 12 hours of anger management and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service in that incident.

West will have to appear in court on July 17 for a restitution hearing and progress report, the spokesperson said.