The latest round in the battle between “The College Dropout” and the press took place in Newcastle, England and has made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, prompting Kanye West to address his apparent victimization by the press on his blog.

According to freelance photographer Terry Blackburn, Kanye was leaving the bar with four women in the early morning hours on Friday when, “just as soon as I put my camera up to my face, that was it – he just pushed it in my face,” Blackburn told the BBC.

But hours after his arrest, Kanye promptly posted his side of the story on his blog: “I didn’t assault him, merely putting my hand up to cover his lens.”

Whatever happened, Blackburn was left with a cut nose and his complaint was enough for the Newcastle police to show up a few hours later at West’s hotel. “The cops were very cordial but told me that they had to arrest me because a complaint had been filed” Kanye blogs. “They spoke about how this was obviously a publicity stunt from the photographer but they still had to go through the motions.”

Kanye points out he doesn’t have a problem with all photographers only the paparazzi, “The paparazzi give real photographers a bad name. Let’s not forget the Paps killed Princess Diana,” he says in a blog entry. West says this under the heading “Who’s winning: Me or the Media?,” making it pretty obvious he views the media and not just the paparazzi as his enemy. Considering the sensationalized headlines in the press that have been touting the incident as a practical gang bang, Kanye might be justified in his martyrdom.

Kanye West has been in the UK for just over a week, selling out arenas with his “Glow in the Dark” tour, supported by Santogold. The tour ends in Manchester, this Monday.

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You probably heard the name Banksy in passing, maybe even passed by some of his art. But you probably still don’t know who he is, really. Well, you’re not alone. The identity of the artist is a closely guarded secret, but now UK papers are revealing that Banksy is Robin Gunningham, a 34 year-old Bristol, England native.

Banksy is the pseudonym given to the anonymous artist who leaves political, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment artwork in public spaces around the world.

His work seems to crop up overnight and some consider him a vandal or even a trickster as his stunts have included: creating fake British £10 notes, substituting the picture of the Queen’s head with Princess Diana’s head and changing the text from “Bank of England” to “Banksy of England”; leaving the message ‘I want out. This place is too cold. Keeper smells. Boring, boring, boring.’ in the elephant area at a zoo in England; and hanging a painting of the likeness of Mona Lisa with a yellow smiley face in the Louvre.

Photographer Steve Lazarides acts as Banksy’s agent, selling the artist’s work out of his gallery Laz inc. in London’s Soho district.

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Princess Diana’s flamed-haired son, Prince Harry, may be the third in line to the British throne, but he has always been the first monarch to make our hearts go pitter-patter.

Speaking at the Thuso Center in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho, the 23-year-old prince says his mother would be proud of the work he and his regiment, the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, are doing to revamp a special needs school for children in Lesotho.

“It would be wrong for a patron of a charity to not get involve,” he said of the projects he’s working on through the charity, Sentebale, which he established in his mother’s memory with Prince Sessio of Lesotho.

PHOTO: Press Association

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