Kanye West likens celebrities' struggle with paparazzi to civil rights era in deposition

By Gina DiFalco,

Kanye West is at it again, making headlines for his bizarre statements and comparisons. This time, his deposition in his paparazzi assault case has been made public and he’s quoted comparing constant paparazzi presence for celebrities to the civil rights movement.

In the deposition, in relation to the case that saw West grabbing a paparazzo’s camera and smashing it, West said he likens his struggle with paparazzi to racial prejudice in the ‘60s.

"I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also,” he said, and when the paparazzo’s lawyer asked if he’s comparing the civil rights movement to celebrities battling the paparazzi he replied, "Yes, 100 ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities."

TMZ reports West also put down the lawyer’s profession, telling him, "I'm in the business of trying to make dope s**t 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."

West struck a plea deal in relation to this case earlier this year. He was sentenced to two years of probation, anger management classes and community service.

"We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this," he continued, "guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."

image via INFphoto.com

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