Kanye West


Kanye West's love may not be the only thing that needs to be put on lockdown—his fists might also want to consider it.

The rapper was arrested on suspicion of assault in Newcastle, England, early this morning, after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with a paparazzo.

Northumbria Police confirms to E! News that a 31-year-old man was arrested and released without charge and that no further action will be taken. West was not identifed by name—per U.K. police policy, arrestees aren't publicly named unless formally charged.

This makes the second time this year, West managed to escape charges for an alleged shutterbug smackdown, having been involved in a similar melee at Los Angeles Internation Airport in September.

Friday's incident purportedly went down around 2 a.m., not long after the rapper finished performing at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

According to British press reports, the "Love Lockdown" singer got embroiled in a skirmish with photographer Terry Blackburn after leaving Newcastle's Tup Tup nightclub.

Skipping over the events leading up to the encounter, Blackburn claims West, who was leaving the club with four lady friends, ran at him, pushed his camera back into his face and shouted, "Get the f---ing camera off!"

Blackburn showed off the cuts and bruising he claims to have suffered in the incident and West was arrested for his part in the incident a couple hours later, at his hotel.

West is due to perform again tonight as part of the U.K. leg of his Glow in the Dark world tour, this time in Sheffield.

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