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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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151.

Limerick    

Sounds Like Tyson was trying to protect his child- I am glad he knocked him the F&*% OUT!!! Bet that Pap won't bother Tyson and his family again- LEAVE THE POOR GUY ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

1742 days ago
152.

FO REAL    

LEAVE MIKE TYSON ALONE.
THE PAPPARAZZI ARE NOTHING BUT STALKERS. THERE NEEDS TO BE LAWS BEFORE SOMEONE GETS SERIOUSLY HURT!
MIKE TYSON JUST LOST A CHILD...PEOPLE NEED TO LEAVE THIS GUY ALONE

1742 days ago
153.

DD    

WHAT A LOSER~~~~~~~~~~~SOMEONE NEEDS TO KNOCK HIM OUT!!!!!!

1742 days ago
154.

Mag    

Poor Mike...he sooooo much wants to live a quiet and decent life, but STUPID people like this photographer just won't let it be. Why does a photographer need to be right up one's face to take a pic? What is he using? A disposable camera? Most of these photogs have sophisticated cameras that can take a decent pic from yards away. This guy was looking for trouble....more like a lawsuit. I hope Mike prevails in this one.

1742 days ago
155.

lilapplebum    

I know the papprazzi have a job to do but one don't harass them when they are with their family and two if they tell you (papprazzi) to please respect their privacy at that moment, do us and the celebrities a favor, leave them the F*@% alone ... seriously.

1742 days ago
156.

Josh    

TMZ...you guys are WRONG about "assault with a deadly weapon". Do you RESEARCH anything? That has been a silly old tale for quite some time. Research has failed to reveal any statutory, regulatory or other requirement that boxers -- or anyone skilled in martial arts -- "register" their hands or any other body part as "lethal weapons" in the U.S., Canada, or any other common law nation.

1742 days ago
157.

M Murphy    

That's probably why he beat up his other wife ... she got in his face.

1742 days ago
158.

cj    

Everyone needs to leave him alone . He just lost his babygirl . get off his back!! They got what they deserved , Oh well .

1742 days ago
159.

Tenisha    

OMG Poster # 195.

Taylor Swift ? Seriously? Are you off your soapbox now? Cute kid, but she couldn't hold a note in a bucket. I've watched her perform on several occasions and don't get it. This is country's newest "it" girl? As girl born and bred on Country music, I must say that I am dissapointed. And no, it is not because I'm Black.

1740 days ago
160.

ReVeLaTeD    

Hmm. Chris Jericho gives a female a right hook on camera, he gets off with a pass. Tyson hits a paparazzo, he gets locked up.

I'm not going to comment on the obvious difference between the two assailants.

I'm just sayin'.

1738 days ago
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