Kanye West Sought Anger Management in Paparazzi Case

10/23/2009 at 02:50 PM EDT

Kanye West Sought Anger Management in Paparazzi Case
Kanye West
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Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye West and his road manager were ordered to complete 50 hours of community service for their scuffle with photographers last year, a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday.

In exchange, a number of misdemeanors will be dismissed against the two men after West's attorney Blair Berk successfully convinced the judge that the criminal charges were too harsh. Blair indicated that the musician would perform the volunteer hours with the American Red Cross.

Following the hearing, Berk commented to reporters, "I'm very pleased that the court granted a dismissal of all the charges."

Also revealed at the hearing Friday: West voluntarily received anger management counseling following the altercation. He completed 12 one-hour sessions. West was not present in court for the hearing.

West's attorney also indicated that a civil settlement had been reached with the photographers last month, who wrote letters to the court saying they were satisfied with payment they received.

West, 32, pleaded not guilty on May 18 to misdemeanor vandalism, battery and grand theft stemming from the scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport last year.

His road manager, Don Crawley, 33, who was charged with two counts of each of the above crimes, also had pleaded not guilty.

The pair were arrested while attempting to catch a flight to Honolulu. Video of the incident showed both men wrestling a camera away from a photographer and smashing parts of it into the ground.

Crawley also allegedly smashed a second photographer's camera.

"I'm cool with the paparazzi," the rapper wrote on his blog following the arrest. "This guy wasn't cool. I gotta work now ... I'll rant later!"

On Nov. 14, West was arrested in Newcastle, England, after another run-in with a photographer, but West was released without charge.

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