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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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136.

NJ    

Next time stay out of his face. Idiot!.....

1715 days ago
137.

Originalkat    

I am on Mike's side on this one. Paps are too aggressive and if he was that close it is his fault. There are special lens to use to zoom in on someone and not be that close.

1715 days ago
138.

unreal    

You got knocked the *uck out. HA HA HA HA

IRON MIKE TYSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST

1715 days ago
139.

Darkmist    

The pap is lucky Mike didn't put him in a vegetative state!!! If he really lost it it would have been more than a minor cut on his head, Mike restrained himself!
The pap shouldn't have been that agressive with Mike while he was with his kid, the whole world knows he's still mourning the loss of his other kid.
It doesn't surprise me that he got defensive. Normally I wouldn't give a s**t about Mike, but in this case I'm on his side.

1715 days ago
140.

DS    

The pap get in the celebs faces and it is a win situation for the paps either they get a good picture OR they get the celeb angry and get a better pic! They are awful and sadly they seem to be protected. They are the worst predators, next to them are the slimball publishers that pay for those pictures.
Leave Mike alone!

1715 days ago
141.

Madeleine    

I read in my papers that he pushed him in the head and he fell and hit the pavement. I think the Paps think because someone is a celebrity they have total access to them, can get as close as they want and just follow them and wait for them all day long, it must really get to these celebs sometimes. Imagine coming out of your house with the garbage and there are people with cameras waiting for you? Poor Mike had his baby with him and I guess he over reacted, the guy shouldn't have gotten close enough to touch his body or his kids body, these people need to get a job. Leave Mike alone, I'm on his side in this one.

1715 days ago
142.

laughing    

this in one time I say Tyson was in the right.. the pap kills me.. I love a good story on the stars but these guys take it way way way too far..

1715 days ago
143.

Vickie    

He has been through a lot. Leave him alone.

1715 days ago
144.

i love the 80    

Well when your job is to stalk people this is what happens.. good for you mike tyson.. hit his ass again.. an maybe someone will keep celebs from getting stalked an harrassed. anyone remember princess di.. when is it going to stop!

1715 days ago
145.

Bobby May    

Way to go Mike! Kick those Pap's a$$! Those guys deserve it they are very bad people.

1715 days ago
146.

Mark    

He will still be very tough when he's 65. I would never do anything to annoy him.

1715 days ago
147.

di    

Leave Mike alone already. I hope that photog gets hit with a lawsuit for harassment.

1715 days ago
148.

Joanne    

He should be used to the paps by now. What an idiot. He had to know its NOT OK to just hit someone. Of course he thinks he is above the law, like all these people with money think.
Some example for his kid.

1715 days ago
149.

me so horny    

84. HE IS A BIG ASS HOLE CRIY BABY JERK OFF

Posted at 10:04PM on Nov 11th 2009 by greg moore

Hey greg suck me off more than your mom,Your theBig A hole


1715 days ago
150.

Linda    

Leave Mr. Tyson alone. The paparazzi should not have the right to put a camera in your face whether in a public place or not. Good luck, Mike. You should prevail with this one. Don't let the bastards get ya down.

1715 days ago
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