Will Kanye West face criminal charges? Rapper under fire for punching fan

In the video, Ye can be heard shouting, 'get away from me', at a woman who is trying to calm him down


                            Will Kanye West face criminal charges? Rapper under fire for punching fan
The man (R) Ye attacked, can be seen laid out on the street in the video (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren and Twitter)

Kanye West is under fire for allegedly punching an autograph seeker during an angry meltdown at South Santa Fe Avenue and Bay Street in downtown Los Angeles, outside the Soho Warehouse. Cops are now investigating Ye in connection with the incident. In a video, the man, attacked by Ye, can be seen laid out on the street as Ye yells at people around him.

In the video, Ye can be heard shouting, "get away from me", at a woman who is trying to calm him down. The woman says, 'I am your family" as an enraged Ye, 44, storms away. TMZ reported the woman is Ye's cousin. What triggered the attack is still unclear. 

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The rapper was reportedly named as a suspect in a battery report taken by the LAPD’s Newton Division on Thursday, January 13. According to reports, Ye was out at Delilah in West Hollywood with Julia Fox earlier that evening. While Fox remained at the club, Ye left from the West Hollywood venue. 

In a similar incident just days back, 'Savage Love' singer Jason Derulo allegedly attacked two men in the lobby of a Las Vegas casino on January 4, one of whom called him 'Usher' and shouted 'f**k you b***h' at him. In a video, the singer, 32, can be seen pouncing on the men at the Aria Resort and Casino as he comes off an escalator. A voice from the crowd can be heard saying, "Ayo, why did you slap him, dawg?”, following which another person shouts "Hey Usher, f**k you b***h", referring to another recording artist called Usher.

It is not clear whether the man really mistook Derulo for Usher or was simply pointing out the two stars' resemblance. The insult, however, angered Derulo, who jumped over a security rope and punched the man. At this point, bodyguards and other people tried to intervene. Derulo also attacked another man and engaged in a brawl on the ground as people try to tear the two apart. The man who recorded the video can be heard shouting, “WTF! Don’t touch my boy!”

In a separate video posted by a user on his Instagram stories, Derulo can be seen being taken away in handcuffs, but it is unclear whether charges were issued against him by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The singer was subsequently removed from the property and issued a no trespassing charge, according to TMZ. The men who were attacked suffered facial wounds but did not have to be hospitalized.