Kanye West has pled "not guilty" after being charged with allegedly attacking a paparazzo.
The 36-year-old rapper - who was caught on film reportedly assaulting photographer Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in July, was charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft stemming from the incident last month but did not appear in court for the latest hearing on Thursday (11.07.13), and his lawyer Blair Berk entered the plea on his behalf.
If convicted of both misdemeanors, the 'New Slaves' hitmaker could be sentenced to one year in jail.
Speaking outside the court afterward, Ramos' lawyer Gloria Allred criticized the rapper for not being present even though he wasn't legally required to be.
She told gossip website TMZ.com: "It's just interesting to me that one of the most visible people in the entire world, Kanye West, who seems to love the press when it comes to promoting his music, when it comes to his relationships, especially family relationships, doesn't appear to want to at least come to court."
She added: "I understand that his tour was cancelled so I don't see a reason why he couldn't be here, he certainly had a right to be here today."
Ramos - who was trying to speak to the star at the time of the alleged attack - also filed a civil lawsuit in August, claiming that "without warning or provocation", Kanye "suddenly attacked, punching and attempting to wrestle the camera from" Daniel's hands after the photographer asked him: "Can we talk to you?"