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Rapper says model's claims are "totally without merit."(Photo: Larry Busacca, Getty Images)Well, that was fast! The usually silent Kanye West had his rep shoot down, with lightning speed, a short-lived rumor claiming that the rapper's been cheating on girlfriend Kim Kardashian. In aninterview withStarmagazine, French-Canadian model Leyla Ghobadi claims that she's carried on a nearly one-year affair with West.Ghobadi alleges that she met West after a July 2012 concert and that he admitted to her that his relationship with Kardashian was "just for publicity" in an attempt to "increase his fan base." She adds that she and West had several sexual encounters before and after Kardashian's pregnancy and that West even contacted her last week for a hook-up.West responded to the claims this afternoon with a big, fat not-so-fast."This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit," his rep said in a statement Wednesday. "It's a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible 'news' sources."There have been weekly rumors in the tabloids about the state of West's relationship with Kardashian, but interestingly, this is the first time he's publicly spoken out about one of the salacious stories.In a rare interviewhe gave toThe New York Times, West said he's intent on keeping his life private. He admits that he's no longer interested in appearing on E!'sKeeping Up With the Kardashiansand that the child he and Kardashian are expecting next month is theirs and not "America's baby."
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