Rapper Kanye West has lavished praise on the paparazzi in Paris, France for showing "respect" to celebrities by staying silent and keeping their distance, three days after clashing with snappers outside his Los Angeles home.
The Stronger hitmaker has become embroiled in a number of arguments and altercations with photographers in California in recent months, and his latest incident occurred in the early hours of Friday (27Sep13), when he blasted one cameraman as a "blood sucking mosquito" and a "bully" for hurling questions at him on his doorstep in the middle of the night.
He jetted out to Europe this weekend (28-29Sep13) to attend Paris Fashion Week with his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, and his anger towards the paparazzi seemed to have disappeared by Monday (30Sep13) when he was filmed by local snappers on the streets of the French capital.
In video footage of the encounter, West can be seen telling the press not to pepper him with questions, because he has no problem with them just doing their jobs and simply shooting the film.
In the clip, he says, "Don't ask questions, just take the video. Don't do like the L.A. (paparazzi)... I like how you guys do, you guys have total respect for yourselves, you have respect for the people that you're photographing and you also take time off, like at eight o'clock, you're not round people's houses, stuff like that, so I just really appreciate and respect that, and I understand that you have to make a living."
West is then shown approaching the videographer and shaking his hand before walking off.
The hip-hop star is reportedly seeking to press charges over Friday's incident outside his Los Angeles pad.
He is also currently facing charges himself of battery and attempted grand theft relating to an altercation in July (13), when he allegedly tried to grab the camera out of photographer Daniel Ramos' hand and wrestled him to the ground at Los Angeles International Airport. He has denied the allegations, citing self-defense for his actions.