Lawyers for Kanye West and his road manager will have another month to prepare for the rapper's arraignment on misdemeanor assault charges after a Los Angeles judge granted a delay in the case. During a hearing on Monday, West's attorney, Blair Berk, obtained a delay in entering a plea in the case until May 20, according to The Associated Press.
West was charged with misdemeanor counts of vandalism, battery and grand theft stemming from the September 11, 2008, incident at Los Angeles International Airport, in which video shot by TMZ appears to show both West and road manager Don "Don C." Crowley grabbing TMZ employees' cameras and throwing them. In video posted on TMZ, West is shown smashing a photographer's flash on the ground. Crowley has been charged with two counts of vandalism, two counts of grand theft and two counts of battery. If convicted on all counts, West could face up to two years and six months in jail, while Crowley could face up to five years in jail.
Both men were free to go without bond until the next court date because they do not have prior criminal records and promised to appear for their arraignments, according to TMZ. West was not required to appear in court for Monday's hearing.
West's lawyer reportedly told a court commissioner that Monday was the first time she had been allowed to review the police report and that she is waiting for prosecutors to turn over any additional evidence they have.