Kanye West: I am the smartest celebrity
Kanye West apparently vented he's "not Britney Spears" while under oath at his deposition.
Last year the rapper was accused of attacking a paparazzo outside LAX airport and damaging his camera.
The photographer - the same man Spears attacked with an umbrella in 2007 - pressed charges and now TMZ claims it has a transcript of the deposition.
West, 37, is known for making outrageous statements and it appears to be no different when he's dealing with legal issues.
"I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f**king dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears," he allegedly said while under oath to Nate Goldberg, the paparazzo's lawyer.
"I'm in the business of trying to make dope sh*t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."
Lyrics taken from the musician's song Flashing Lights are then quoted at him. It's a track about paparazzi intrusion and includes use of the n-word, which lawyer Goldberg is also thought to use in the recording.
"You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the n-word around me," West apparently rants. "[It] offends me because you're a white person saying n****r."
"I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also."
West apparently also compares racial segregation to the situation he is in now, saying celebrities need to stick together as a "minority" group against paparazzi.
West has always been very vocal about the issue of being harassed by photographers, saying he wants his daughter with Kim Kardashian, North, to be able to lead a life away from the cameras. He's also a big fan of Paris, where there are stricter rules in place for paparazzi.
"I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherf*****s following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, 'Hey, this is what we both want to do.'
"But if one of those people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called rape. That is called violation.
"So if I walk around and say look sir, I'm not feeling so good today, I need some space, can you please not f**k with me today? I need cut-off space, not violation," he previously voiced while on stage.