Kanye West’s notorious ego was front and center during his deposition for a civil case involving an alleged attack against a paparazzo. TMZ reportedly got hold of the transcript from the hearing, and Ye did not hold back against the accuser’s lawyer.
“I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f***ing dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears,” said West.
Kanye also chastised attorney Nate Goldberg for “representing scum” for profit and for using the word “n***a” when quoting some of the Chicago native’s lyrics from the song “Flashing Lights.”
“You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n-word’ around me,” Kanye told Goldberg. “It offends me because you’re a white person saying n***a.”
The deposition also included Ye making comparisons between the 1960’s civil rights movement and modern-day celebrities fighting for privacy rights against invasive photographers.
“I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die N****r’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also,” Kanye stated. “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban 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.”
West is facing a civil lawsuit filed by Daniel Ramos. The photog is suing Kanye for a July 2013 incident where the Yeezus creator smashed Ramos’ camera and allegedly assaulted him at LAX airport.
West agreed to a plea deal in a criminal case and was sentenced to two years probation.