Kanye West says he was just defending himself against the LAX photographer he attacked over the summer!!!
According to TMZ, Kanye is responding to the civil suit filed by the paparazzo and claims, "his safety was in immediate danger."
And: "[Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense ..."
TMZ says the rapper also faces criminal charges that could land him in jail for a maximum of 1 year.
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