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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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61.

TopTwitsBlog    

Oh NO! He's one of our favorites.
:(

http://www.TopTwitsBlog.com

1716 days ago
62.

a    

If he was close enough to get punched in the first place, then he was far too close. There's something called 'personal space' and it needs to be respected. When will this end? Why are paparazzo allowed to harass people incessantly with no repercussions? I too would turn to violence if pushed to the limit. There's only so much you can take before you lose it.

1716 days ago
63.

Doug    

I hate how the paparazzi antagonize celebrity's getting up in there faces, following them around night and day, staking out their homes, totally invading their privacy and then when the celebrity's retaliate, the paparazzi cries to the police. Death to the paparazzi!

1716 days ago
64.

UGGGGHHH    

MIKE TYSON WAS JUST ON OPRAH NOT TOO LONG AGO HOW HE IS A CHANGED MAN.

HOW PATHETIC...... HE STILL IS A VERY VIOLENT MAN..

THOSE FISTS ARE A DEADLY WEAPON AND HE WILL BE IN JAIL HOPEFULLY FOR LONG TIME. I HOPE IT WASN'T A TMZ PAP. THEY JUST CELEBRATED THEIR 4TH ANNIVERSARY..

1716 days ago
65.

get-over-it    

No way, I hope they dont over charge Tyson just because hes an Ex-Boxer. meaning no longer in shape, minding his own business with his child at an airport, when some over zealous paparozzo gets right in his face with his snappy lil camera to capitalize off a moment of personal travel plans!!! airports sux, there hectic, youre usaully in a stressed out hurry to get a flight, and the last thing anyone needs is some idiot in there face. hard enough to get through security these days, and now the paparazzi too. Let Mike Go!

1716 days ago
66.

GREG MOORE    

HE IS A BIG ASS HOLE CRIY BABY JERK OFF

1716 days ago
67.

the man    

Only a total idiot would confront or provoke someone like Mike Tyson.
The pap got what he deserved for being such a retard. Where are the stalking laws??
It's all just organized crime stalking and a conspiracy. Should be illegal for them to stalk people for money.
The words of Jim Croce come to mind.
" You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger and you don't mess around with Slim." ( you don't mess around with MIke T. )

FREE MIKE TYSON !!!

1716 days ago
68.

scissors    

Best of luck to you Mike! May justice prevail!

1716 days ago
69.

moveover    

Tyson is an animal, has never had any social skills and should be in a locked cell. Period.

1716 days ago
70.

jeff    

wow... why mees with this guy.. he isnt smart.. he doesnt know rite from wrong.. yikes

1716 days ago
71.

dmsundt    

It was about time for a pap-smear lol

1716 days ago
72.

Tyler    

Too bad he didn't severely injure the pap. I hate them so much.

1716 days ago
73.

Mark    

Ah, too bad he didn't harm the paparazzo more. Its time they get the message to leave the famous alone. If more got hurt, maybe they would quit harassing the famous.

1716 days ago
74.

NickSunset    

Probably the same PAP that kept prodding Suge Knight with stupid questions. Keep this in mind you have the right to ask those questions but there is always a chance you will get punched in the face for the act of disrespect, it is part of your job.

1716 days ago
75.

moveover    

An "ear recipe" in honor Mike Tyson ... I get it. Good one, Kooky!

1716 days ago
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