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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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31.

Phyl    

Stupid paparazzi!!!

1785 days ago
32.

Angie    

Not saying it's a good reason to punch out a person, but Mike's been through some crap this year. I'd think I'd get a little edgy with all he's dealing with and a bunch of flash bulbs going off everywhere.

1785 days ago
33.

shirleyA    

Good, I'm glad to hear this, I hope it's a TMZ
papabutthole!!!

1785 days ago
34.

HumanNature    

This is a WARNING to TMZ and Harvey's paparazzi!!!!

YOUR'RE NEXT!!!!

HEHEHE!!!

1785 days ago
35.

Grammar nazi    

You guys are such hypocrites. You say you hate the paparazzi but yet you come on here and eat it all up. If you hated their work so bad you wouldn't be here.

1785 days ago
36.

shannon    

Good for him. Maybe if more of them got their faces mashed they would back the f@*k off of people. I don't blame him at all.

1785 days ago
37.

kcmoon    

good! it's about dang time someone put them in their place.

1785 days ago
38.

jeezlouise    

WHAT AN IDIOT! TRYING TO SHOOT TYSON? SERIOUSLY....ITS IRON MIKE!

1785 days ago
39.

the truth hurts huh    

Some surprise that a pap was STUPID ENOUGH to hassle Mike Tyson! It's the paps that are like rabid pitbulls.

Hey - is it one of YOURS, TMZ?

1785 days ago
40.

Brother Harold, S.J.    

THIS ANIMAL BELONGS IN A CAGE! HE'S DEFINITELY SUB-HUMAN. I STRONGLY SUSPECT HE JUST MIGHT BE THE LONG-SOUGHT "MISSING LINK."

1785 days ago
41.

Mark    

Tyson should know better since his hands are probley registered weapons,as with all people who are trained to be able to hurt someone badly with there hands or feet.
The pap should of given Mike his privacy.Tyson for years has not been able to control his temper, why start now.

You would think these pap's would learn the lessons...

1785 days ago
42.

Your name:    

The paps name wouldn't happen to be Little Mac would it?

1785 days ago
43.

Tao    

I hope mike but that paparazzi in the hospital...btw you want to see a good movie? watch Tyson.

1785 days ago
44.

Mooshki    

Nothing like coming to TMZ to complain about how awful the paps are. You're just giving them more page hits, y'all.

1785 days ago
45.

Quiet    

Mike just buried his 4-5 yr old daughter a few months ago. I am sure that paparazzo knew that! I bet that paparazzo is one of those illegals that x17online hires. Why on earth would ANYBODY go near Mike tyson especially so soon after he buried his child. SICK in the head pap to provoke MIKE for a pic at this time in Mikes life. Back Off Mike or get punched,bit etc.

1785 days ago
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