AN AUTOGRAPH collector who was allegedly smitten by Kanye West told The Sun: ‘I’m just trying to live my life and go home.
Sources have revealed that Justin Poplawski, 40, was the fan involved in a massive 3 a.m. brawl with rap superstar Kanye early Thursday in Los Angeles.
Kanye, 44, was named by the LAPD as a suspect in a battery report following the incident, but no arrests have been made so far.
The alleged victim Justin, 40, originally from St Louis, Missouri but now living in Illinois, was pictured earlier in the night behind Kanye and his new flame Julia Fox.
This celebrity enthusiast has been collecting autographs for over 25 years.
He’s taken dozens of selfies with celebrities and A-listers over the years, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama and Adele.
Justin told The Sun: “I don’t really have a comment at the moment, not yet. I still have other things to sort out. Right now I’m just trying to live my life and get back. my house.
When asked if he felt shaken after the incident, Justin replied, “No comment at this time.
“I appreciate your interest.”
A man believed to be Justin’s father, Joseph, was asked about the autograph-collecting side of the story regarding the incident with Kanye and replied, “He’s going to find out.”
When asked if father-of-four Kanye had made Justin an offer to make up for the alleged attack, the man believed to be his father replied “I don’t know anything” before hanging up the phone.
Justin’s profile on the Real Autograph Collectors Club website indicates that collecting celebrity autographs has been his hobby since 1996.
He appears to run his own celebrity autograph business called All-Star Signatures LLC.
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Justin wrote on his profile: “It all started going to the stadium to meet my favorite baseball players when I was a teenager.
“I soon realized that my new favorite hobby could be more lucrative than my part-time job at Target. So I started scouting hockey and football players too.
“And very soon after, I started having musicians as they were going through town.
“I started taking road trips around the Midwest to pick up better names that didn’t come through St. Louis.
“Now I spend a few months a year on the road (NY to LA) acquiring as many autographs as possible to help bring authentic autographs to market.”
The incident happened early Thursday near the Soho warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.
It reportedly came after Justin asked Kanye for a second autograph after first approaching him outside Delilah.
Kanye had been at the popular West Hollywood nightclub with Julia, 31, before moving to Soho Warehouse alone, where he was again approached by Justin according to Page Six.
The pair allegedly exchanged words, which are currently being investigated by police, before the rapper jumped out of his car, called Justin and then punched him to the ground.
Video of the incident shows Kanye yelling at a female member of his squad as the alleged victim lies on the ground.
He can be heard shouting “Get away from me” to which the employee responds “Give me your hand”.
Kanye reportedly left before authorities arrived at the scene, where a police report was filed.
It is not yet known if he has told the police about his side of the story.
Justin reportedly recorded the encounter on his phone, which was shown to police and will be included in the investigation.
He reportedly refused medical treatment following the incident.