Kanye compares paparazzi treatment to racism

The rapper calls for celebrities to ‘band together’ to fight privacy intrusion

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Kanye on being hounded by paparazzi: "I equate it to discrimination" Rodrigo Ferrari via Flickr

You might remember that Kanye West assaulted a paparazzi photographer last July and was hauled to court on a misdemeanor count of battery. Now, leaked excerpts from West’s sworn deposition have emerged online – and guess what? They're the most Kanye thing ever.

The rapper sounded out a call to arms for other celebrities to "band together to influence guys like this – guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the cheque."

West also compared the persecution of celebrities to the racial inequalities of the 60s. When prompted to expand on a comment he made about black campaigners holding sit-ins, he stated that the two are similar: "Yes, 100%... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities."

In the recording obtained by TMZ, Kanye was going head to head with Nate Goldberg, the lawyer representing photographer and assault victim Daniel Ramos. West was eventually sentenced to two years probation.

Kanye also cut Goldberg down mid-sentence after the lawyer said the n-word while quoting Kanye's anti-paparazzi song "Flashing Lights".

The lyrics read: "Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these niggas got me." Kanye interrupted Goldberg to say: "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me. It offends me because you're a white person saying nigga."

"I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever fucking dealt with," West reminded Goldberg. "I'm not Britney Spears. I'm in the business of trying to make dope shit for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."

For more evidence of Kanye flexing some anti-establishment muscle, check out Kim telling the story of the time Kanye used his one phone call in jail to order Chinese food:

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