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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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76.

Stinker    

As the norm this black trash fruit blog lies.

The real news is the pap attacked mike who was holding his 10 month old child and the pap is also in jail so you J-offs beat the meat and STFU

The paparazzo told police that Tyson struck him once, airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital.

Tyson's spokeswoman Tammy Brook said the boxer was traveling with his wife and 10-month-old child Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzi. He acted in self-defense to protect his child, she said.

Tyson and the unnamed photographer both want to press charges for misdemeanor battery, police said.

"There's a lot of different versions to this story and that's all going to come out later," Holcomb said. "There were numerous witnesses and that's what this whole case is going to depend on."

Tyson was being held at the airport police station and will be booked and released later, Holcomb said.

"Right now he is very compliant, very cooperative. He's just waiting in one of our holding cells," he said.

The photographer will also be booked once he is released from the hospital, police said.

1621 days ago
77.

Stinker    

The paparazzo told police that Tyson struck him once, airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital.

Tyson's spokeswoman Tammy Brook said the boxer was traveling with his wife and 10-month-old child Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzi. He acted in self-defense to protect his child, she said.

Tyson and the unnamed photographer both want to press charges for misdemeanor battery, police said.

"There's a lot of different versions to this story and that's all going to come out later," Holcomb said. "There were numerous witnesses and that's what this whole case is going to depend on."

Tyson was being held at the airport police station and will be booked and released later, Holcomb said.

"Right now he is very compliant, very cooperative. He's just waiting in one of our holding cells," he said.

The photographer will also be booked once he is released from the hospital, police said.

1621 days ago
78.

Abba    

YES POOR MIS-UNDERSTOOD MIKEY. TOO BAD YOU WILL SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IN PRISON BEFORE YOU PULL AN 'OJ'. EAT HIS KIDS!!

1621 days ago
79.

LisaL    

I never thought I would say this, specially about him, but Team Tyson all the way. Paps are getting WAY too aggressive, and I'm sure the one that did that to him was looking to start something so he could get a good photo, or get his name said in articles and such.

1621 days ago
80.

oreo    

Posted at 9:00PM on Nov 11th 2009 by Amanda


A MAN DA!

1621 days ago
81.

Shan Shan    

I am no fan of Mike Tyson but what people don't know is how aggressive some of these paps can be. Some of them yell out really cruel things to get a reaction out of the person they are bothering. I have witnessed it. The pap probably got to close and said something and got his ass beat. I mean the guy just lost his 4 year old daughter. The pap should have just let him be. Really, What idiot would provoke MIKE TYSON???...

1621 days ago
82.

Scott    

Learn to control yourself Mike this one is going to hit your bank account which is going to nothing anyways

Sue this idiot get paid !!!!!!!

1621 days ago
83.

e.    

Yessssssssssss!! finally!, Go mike! F'em! Every celeb should come out swinging when these rat bastard paps get too close or stalk.

1621 days ago
84.

TexNess    

Hellooooo,,, what do you idiot paps expect, it's MIKE TYSON FOR GOODNESS SAKE! You paps deserve it. GET OUT OF PEOPLES FACES!!!

1621 days ago
85.

tigerluvr    

Don't mess with a Papa Bear!!

1621 days ago
86.

mddiva    

The nerve of that pap to get close to Mike Tyson...What in the world was he thinking? But if that pap got too close to Mike while he had his child with him then he had the right to defend the safety of his child. I don't like Mike...I don't think he has changed but I do believe in self-defense.

1621 days ago
87.

oreo    

I bet that pap want mess with him again.

1621 days ago
88.

Rap sucks    

First of all, why the hell would a paparazzi attack a celeb for no reason? I'm sick of Mike Tyson, boxing is old news. Wish he could of taken Fedor so his @ss would get knocked out. Please people, not even tyson can stop the russian machine! Even if he was still young, he's still no match. You saw on saturday how easily he took the big black guy? It was just an appetizer for Fedor!

1621 days ago
89.

John    

Do you guys not check your hot tips e-mail inbox or what? I have Flip Video footage of the assault. It's a bit shaky, but at least it's something.

I know Max buys your video, perhaps he's interested?

1621 days ago
90.

uhHuh    

"stay away from me or my dad will bite your ear off!"

what a great example, show of love to your 10 month old baby-BLOOD & ALL!!

VOTE: MIKE TYSON DAD OF THE EAR!!

1621 days ago
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