Kanye West is the subject of a Beverly Hills Police investigation after a man claimed on Monday that the rapper assaulted him, People reports.
“The named suspect was identified as Kanye West by the victim and several witnesses,” says a police statement. “Mr. West had left the location prior to officers’ arrival. As of this writing, BHPD detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation.”
A source close to Kim Kardashian says it was the bystander — who has not been identified — who instigated the event and threatened the reality star.
“Kim was walking into a furniture meeting for their new home,” the source tells People. “Kanye was there ahead of her for the meeting. So Kim gets there and walks into the building with a million paparazzi trailing her.”
The source says a Caucasian man began yelling racial obscenities to the paparazzi, then when Kardashian told him “that wasn’t cool,” the man began hurling epithets at her about her and West.
“At this point Kim was seriously afraid for her life,” the source continues. “He was going nuts. Kanye came down to help her but then the guy ran into a chiropractic office so Kim and Kanye walked in after him.”
The man verbally confronted West with obscenities, and at one point West hit him — “barely,” the source insists.
A lawyer for West wasn’t immediately available for comment.
West has a history of scuffles: In 2008, he was arrested after getting into a fracas with photographers at Los Angeles International Airport, but charges were eventually dismissed after he completed anger management classes. Also that year, the rapper was arrested in the UK after a similar brush, but he was released with no charges filed. Last July, West tangled with a photographer again at LAX, a case which is still pending.
The Grammys weekend is shaping up to be a Beatles weekend, the AP reports.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform at the Jan. 26 awards show in Los Angeles. The Beatles will be honored at the Academy’s Special Merits Awards the day before, and a day after the big show, and the two remaining members of the Beatles will be the center of a performance special featuring Eurythmics and other acts playing Beatles hits.
McCartney’s nominations include best rock song and music film.
Other Grammy performers include Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry. Sara Bareilles will sing with Carole King, while Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell will perform together.
The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center.
Ciara is pregnant with her first child, the AP reports.
The R&B singer showed her baby bump Tuesday on “The View.” Ciara is engaged to rapper-singer-producer Future.
A representative for the singer confirmed the pregnancy.
The 28-year-old Ciara and 30-year-old Future have been dating for a year. A wedding date hasn’t been set.
Ciara’s hits include “Goodies,” “1, 2 Step” and “Body Party.” The Grammy winner released her self-titled fifth album last year. It features production work from Future, who has also worked with Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.
Veteran Australian-British entertainer Rolf Harris denied charges of indecent assault Tuesday, a day that saw the start of high-profile trials of several entertainment figures accused of sex crimes allegedly stretching back several decades, the AP reports.
The 83-year-old Harris pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of sex crimes alleged to have happened between 1968 and 1986. He was accompanied by his wife and daughter at the brief hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
Australia-born Harris was a British broadcaster for decades, and enjoyed a hit with “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.” He once performed the novelty song with the Beatles. Harris is expected to face trial in April.
Prominent disk jockey Dave Lee Travis and “Coronation Street” soap opera star William Roache were also in court Tuesday on sexual abuse charges.
Travis, 68, is accused of assaulting “vulnerable” young women while working in the entertainment industry. He has denied 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
In another court, prosecutors said that Roache — who plays Ken Barlow in the long-running show — took advantage of his fame to abuse young girls and keep them from speaking out.