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Kanye West Ordered to 50 Hours of Community Service

Oct. 23 2009, Published 7:24 a.m. ET

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A Los Angeles judge sentenced Kanye West and his road manager, Don Crawley, to 50 hours of community service Friday afternoon as a result of a run-in they had with paparazzi last year.

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West was arrested on September 11, 2008 at Los Angeles International Airport for damaging a photographer’s camera and later pled not guilty to charges of vandalism, grand theft and battery which resulted from the incident.

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"I'm very pleased that the court granted a dismissal of all the charges," West’s attorney, Blair Berk, told reporters after the judgment was announced.

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Berk argued that criminal charges were too severe and that the rapper’s time would be better spent volunteering with the American Red Cross.  After his throw-down with the photographer, the Chicago-native willingly attended 12 one-hour sessions of anger management counseling.

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