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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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16.

Amanda    

What?!?!?!? Did Mike lose his temper again? Is a pap now earless? Dear, dear...it is a wacky world we live in.

1783 days ago
17.

Gal from the Cook Islands    

hehe he should definitely do the punchups like he did to that guy in the Hangover...would be vay funny!!! cover your ears people!!! :D

1783 days ago
18.

uhHuh    

I'M WITH JBOB!! PASS THE POPCORN!! (& PIGGY EARS)

1783 days ago
19.

Irene    

I think we should leave the paps alone. They are just doing their job. These "stars" could go into another line of work and if they want to be famous, the paps are the best shot they have. Why do they have to be so nasty?? They selected this business and should be prepared for photos since that is part of it. (yes, all the time when they are in public) If they have nothing to say they could just say 'no comment' but have a great day or something...be pleasant..live is too short.

1783 days ago
20.

Nicole    

I hope the unfortunate victim is accounted for. He's been known to take bites out of people. This time he could've eaten the whole person...

1783 days ago
21.

ilovetheshowmadmen    

m e n t a l l y i l l!!!!

1783 days ago
22.

greysfang    

Stupid paparazzi. You don't pet a burning dog.

1783 days ago
23.

tanya    

The paparazzi should LEAVE these celebrities ALONE especially if they DO NOT want to be bothered.

I AM NOT condoning his behavior BUT COME ON paparazzi BACK OFF!!!

Years ago the celebrities were PROTECTED from this type of AWFUL behavior.

SAD SAD SAD

1783 days ago
24.

radarluv    

He is a pittbull, you never know when he will attack.

1783 days ago
25.

steph    

flippin PSYCHO!! Don't they make one arm wrap around shirts in his size???!!!

1783 days ago
26.

WillOTheWisp    



I can't believe the paparazzo haven't learned to leave that nut job alone!
If the paparazzo was actually trying to get a picture of Tyson.....well, he probably needed his ass kicked.
I wouldn't approach that crazy ass Tyson with a thirty foot stun pole!
The paparazzo better check his ears!

1783 days ago
27.

Grammar nazi    

Imagine getting punched out by Mike Tyson! His fist is a deadly weapon.

1783 days ago
28.

its me    

LOL # 13 i was just Reading it


I'm Glad Mike went after the pap Guy. when our these paparazzi PEOPLE GONNA learn TO BACK OFF ?!

LEAVE MIKE ALONE! I LOVE MIKE TYSON AND THIS MAN HAS BEEN THRU IT ALL ....I'M ON YOUR SIDE MIKE! LOVE YA!!!
HE USE TO GO TO NY WHERE I LIVE AND GO TO THE GHETTO AND HELP PEOPLE OUT. ALOT OF PEOPLE THINK THIS MAN DOESN'T HAVE A HEART BUT HE DOES . IN ALL REALITY HES A GOOD GUY BUT HES BEEN SCREWED OVER WAY TO MUCH. GOOD LUCK MIKE

1783 days ago
29.

lola    

I don't understand y celebs get in trouble for defending themselves against the paps. They endanger lives everyday by their actions. When I hear of a paps getting injured I just laugh. They deserve every injury they get and then some !

1783 days ago
30.

TEAMBRANCA    

The paparazzi deserved it. They are a plague. Crashing into MJ's kids' guards' car. Causing numerous car accidents and near misses. Killing princess diana. Really it has to stop.

Leave him alone. The man recently lost a daughter and was minding his own business.

1783 days ago
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