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Kanye West will not face charges stemming from a Beverly Hills battery incident where the rapper allegedly punched someone, according to a Jan. 31 Los Angeles Times report. The incident took place at a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office where West’s fiancée Kim Kardashian alerted the rapper that the alleged victim had made racial remarks. The alleged victim held the door open for Kardashian, “words were exchanged, and both parties report victim used a racial epithet,” the Los Angeles district attorney's office said in a statement.

Yahoo News reports that West showed up after Kardashian’s alert and punched the alleged victim, who was not seriously injured. The district attorney’s office rejected a battery case against the rapper because he had reached a civil settlement with the young man and there were no significant injuries documented after the incident. Witnesses have offered conflicting statements of the amount of punches West inflicted on the teenager.

Moreover, the victim declined to seek criminal prosecution, according to the district attorney’s office. “Further inquiry by this office resulted in the victim, through his attorney, declining to speak with a member of the district attorney's office. Prosecution is accordingly declined due to victim unavailability,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

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