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Mike Tyson

Arrested at LAX

11/12/2009 2:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE 8:33 PM PT: Cops tell TMZ Tyson was released on his own recognizance.

UPDATE 8:13 PM PT
: Tyson has been booked for misdemeanor battery and his bail has been set at $20,000. The photog was also booked on misdemeanor battery -- Tyson claims the photog got so close he actually made contact with the boxer.

TMZ has learned Mike Tyson has been arrested at LAX airport for battery after a bloody confrontation with a paparazzo outside the United terminal. We're told Tyson punched the pap in the face and there is blood everywhere.

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We're told Tyson was at a ticket counter at the United Airlines terminal when the incident occurred. The photographer got punched in the face, hit the ground, got up and began walking, leaving a trail of blood. An LAPD spokesperson said the photographer suffered a minor laceration to the forehead.

Someone at the scene tells TMZ ... the photographer got very close to Tyson before the boxer struck him. Our source says there's blood on the ground and Mike was taken away in a squad car. We're told an ambulance was dispatched at 4:39 PM to LAX and the paparazzo was transported to a local hospital.

Cops say Tyson and the photographer performed citizen's arrests on each other -- both are expected to be booked for misdemeanor battery. Cops also said witnesses backed both stories ... so that could get interesting.

If Tyson is prosecuted, given that he's a former boxing champ, the charge could end up being assault with a deadly weapon.

Tyson's rep says he was traveling with his 10-month old daughter when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzi -- adding the boxer acted in self-defense to protect his child.


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1.

jbob    

I'm gonna go grab so popcorn, this could get very interesting.

1618 days ago
2.

RonBurgundy    

Eat his kids Mike.

1618 days ago
3.

Lee    

Bite me

see what I did?

1618 days ago
4.

speedtrap    

Leave the guy alone already.

1618 days ago
5.

that.is.all    

He should have bit the paps ears off.

1618 days ago
6.

tommy    

LEAVE MIKE ALONE!!!

1618 days ago
7.

Never was a fan of Maya    

Geez, wouldn't want to get into a tussle with this guy. Yikes!

1618 days ago
8.

tina    

he can't win for losing!! leave him alone!

1618 days ago
9.

OhWell    

Another Mike Thats A Wacko.

1618 days ago
10.

Jo Cordova    

I hate the paparazz, they need to mind their own business and get real jobs, besides taking pics of celebs. They need to be put in jail!!

1618 days ago
11.

MikeFan    

I'm not surprised, Mike's been killing people on twitter all day: http://twitter.com/Real_Mike_Tyson

1618 days ago
12.

Jessica    

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

1618 days ago
13.

MuMsie    

FINALLY news that is NOT about the Jackson Family or the Gosselins. Even news about Mike Tyson is somewhat refreshing.

1618 days ago
14.

Ol Dirty Bastard    

all these paps need an a$$ whippin,naw mean.

1618 days ago
15.

Jo Cordova    

That's why some celebs get out of control because of the papprazzi,and because some people keep making fun of them!!

1618 days ago
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