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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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46.

YoAdrian    

No matter how annoying, he did not deserve that. What a thug, and punk Tyson is.

1774 days ago
47.

the truth hurts huh    

English 101 ..... Just FYI:

The term is "should have" - not "should of."

"there" = a location reference - like "here or there"

"their" = possessive - like "The paps should have put their cameras away."

The English language is morphing into some kind of hodgepodge of who the f*ck cares about clear communication. Sad.

1774 days ago
48.

chris    

i'm sure paparazzi is annoying, but i don't know how you just punch somebody out in public like that and think you're going to get away with it. what was the guy thinking?

1774 days ago
49.

Wes Mann    

Hooray for Mike. Way to go!!! Take out those ignorant paps.

1774 days ago
50.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE    

WHO WANTS SUM? Finally someone got the papaaratso's attention!
ATTENTION PAPARATSO'S Not only are Tysons people now watching you, all Pap's are now forewarned. JUDGEMENT DAY has arrived.

1774 days ago
51.

uhHuh    

"all I did was ask him to lend me an ear..."
FIRST CALL: AMBULANCE
SECOND CALL: ATTORNEY
THIRD CALL: OPRAH

WHEN WILL MIKE TYSON LEARN SELF CONTROL/DISCIPLINE?
I'M SURE THE GUY ASKED FOR IT, BUT HOW MUCH IS THIS ONE GOIN TO COST YOU TY? WOULDNT IT BE CHEAPER TO HIRE A BODY GUARD TO KEEP THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY AT BAY??

1774 days ago
52.

the truth hurts huh    

So why the hell don't STALKING LAWS apply to the paparazzi? Seriously. That IS what they do!

1774 days ago
53.

RonBurgundy    

Wow, a teacher on TMZ correcting spelling and grammar?

Talk about a pathetic soul...You keep going teach...You telling everyone how smart you are...

Idiot!

1774 days ago
54.

Deb    

Tyson has always been just a thug. I hope he's nailed to the wall for acting out, yet again.

1774 days ago
55.

lenabenas21    

Yeah Mike! i bet the guy said something stupid, rude, offensive, etc - maybe even something about Mike's daughter passing away recently... I would not put it past some of those slime balls.

1774 days ago
56.

Joe Jackson is illiterate    

Listen the papps must give respect where it's due. How the hell can you get all close to Mike Tyson ...into his space? You will get what you deserve. Kick his a** Mike! No jail for Mike T.

1774 days ago
57.

the truth hurts huh    

Gee - RonBurgandy ... If you want to encourage ignorance and lack of education - go right ahead. That makes you really smart, huh?

Besides - would you like to point out the "rules" of what someone can write on here? I don't think they exclude grammar. LOL.

1774 days ago
58.

tanya    

#54 book em' danno...I totally AGREE!!!
There should be some type of LAW against their behavior.

1774 days ago
59.

guessmynameAH    

Oh please! The only reason the child was with him was because he was hungry.

1774 days ago
60.

tanya    

Should have been # 55 book em'danno

1774 days ago
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