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Mike Tyson is arrested...Posted on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 7:56 am
by IDMA Editor
By Daily Mail Reporter
Mike Tyson's latest bout has landed him in hot water.
The former heavyweight boxing champion was arrested at LAX airport after brawling with a photographer.
Both Tyson, 43, and the photographer were arrested after the scuffle which left the latter with a cut to his head.
Mike Tyson leaves LAX police station cuffed in the back of a police car after a scuffle with a photographer
The Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source, said Tyson told police the photographer struck him in an attempt to provoke him, while the paparazzo claimed the boxer punched him in the face and tried to take film from his camera. But LA police have yet to clarify the exact details of the incident.
"There's a lot of different versions to the story," Los Angeles Airport Police Sergeant Jim Holcomb said. "That's all going to come out later. But in this particular case, both individuals are going to be pressing charges for battery."
The former heavyweight champion is driven away from LAX police station in the back of a police car after his arrest.
"I've heard people were following him into the men's room and trying to take his picture there," claimed Tyson's defence attorney, David Chesnoff. "My advice to him is going to be to vigorously press charges against what everyone agrees are ridiculously aggressive photographers."
Tyson has since been released on charges of misdemeanor battery on £12,000 ($20,000) bail, the photographer will be arrested on his release from hospital.
The boxer had been making his way back from the UK after his Coming Back To The Fans tour.
Fans were given the chance to gain first-hand insight into the boxer's world during the tour, which took place in Wolverhampton, Belfast, Essex and Cardiff.
Tyson said of the tour: "I just want to meet and greet as many of the ordinary fans, the fans who rooted for me when I was up and rooted for me when I was down."
Tyson's booking sheet shows that he was charged with misdemeanor battery and released on $20,000 bail after the incident at LAX airport.
Just last month he appeared on Oprah Winfrey's chat show to discuss the death of his daughter, who died in a tragic accident in May this year.
On the show he claimed to be a new man, talking about his troubled past and drug addiction he said: "I know I don't have two more years to live if I live this life."
"If I'm not conscious of who I am, I'm just going to let myself run [wild], and I'm going to destroy my beautiful family, and I'm going to destroy myself, and I don't want to go down that road any more."
"Tyson poses with his wife Lakiha Spicer and daughter Milan in a picture taken in Maldon, Essex during his recent tour of the UK.
Tyson was admitted to a rehab facility in February 2007 for 'various addictions' after being arrested two months earlier for drink driving and drug possession.
It is the latest in a long line of controversial incidents that have marred the troubled boxer's career.
In 1992 the boxer, nicknamed Iron Mike in his heyday, was convicted of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington and spent three years in prison.
More controversy followed in 1997 when he bit part of Evander Holyfield's ear off during a heavyweight title bout.
His boxing license was rescinded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was fined £1.8million ($3million) and ordered to pay the legal costs of the hearing.
Tyson spoke of the incident on Oprah's show, saying: "I was p.... off that he was such a great fighter ... I was just mad at him." Adding: "I didn't feel guilty at all."
Despite earning a reported £240million ($400million) over the course of his 20-year boxing career, Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003.