Both our little gentlemen were accused of the same crime, assaulting a photographer, and both had to sit through a deposition to try to determine their level of involvement in the incident. Twinsies! As you’ll recall from the video, Justin couldn’t even get all the way through his, giving increasingly rude retorts to the lawyer who was asking him questions, building up to the moment when he stormed out of the deposition, refusing to answer the questions he was being asked about Selena Gomez. To the point that he actually has to redo his depo! Charming, right?
I figured that was rock bottom as far as celebrity depositions go, but reading the details of Kanye’s, I’m start to re-think that. He’s being deposed for the case that was brought against him by Daniel Ramos, the photographer he’s accused of assaulting (beating him and smashing his camera) at LAX last July, and Kanye is being nothing but difficult. TMZ got ahold of the transcript of the deposition, and here are some things that Kanye said under oath:
“I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever fucking dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears. [...] I’m in the business of trying to make dope shit 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.”
I’ll tell you right now, if you’re bragging about how smart you are, there’s a solid chance that you’re nowhere near as smart as you think you are. Especially if you’re shading another celebrity in the process. The paparazzo’s lawyer then tries to grill Kanye about his song ‘Flashing Lights’, which is a rant against the paparazzi. He quoted one of the lines from the song — ‘Til I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these niggas got me’ — and Kanye quickly interjected:
“You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me.” adding, “It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘nigga.’”
Alright girl, but it’s a lyric in your song, and it’s extremely relevant to this case. And I think you know that. But Kanye refuses to give way, drawing parallels to the treatment of celebrities now and the mistreatment of minorities in the past, like during the civil rights movement.
“I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die Nigger’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also. [...] I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities. We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to band together to influence guys like this — guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.”
What’s dumb in this case is that Kanye actually has a point against the paparazzi, but he lost any credibility he had when he turned to violence against one of them and refused to give straight answers in his own defense. When the photographer’s lawyer asked him where he lives, Kanye’s response was ‘Earth’. Sigh.
Bottom line, he’s not quite as bad as Bieber, but this is a thirty-seven year old man we’re talking about. He has seventeen years on Bieber and he still can’t answer a question like ‘where do you live’ without giving attitude? Pull it together, man.