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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.

: 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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Good for Mike Tyson!! I dont condone violence but this man already lost a child. He was protecting his kid! Leave the guy alone!! More paparazzi should get punched in the face by Iron Mike!!!

1773 days ago


he should have leave Mike alone. That man is still mourning his daughter, gone through a lot. Mike is known for being short tempered. no one stop the paps for getting pics but to be too near deserves a knock out punch.

1773 days ago


Good--all you paps deserve an ass kicking. Mike will get off cause this idiot got too close.

1773 days ago


FREE MIKE TYSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1773 days ago

TMZ hits a new low    

Serves the vulture pap right.

1773 days ago

Team Mike Tyson    

Given the history Mike Tyson has the pap should've known better! He had it coming, Besides paparazzi get away with lots of stuff it's about time someone retaliated. Free Mike Tyson!

1773 days ago

TMZ Oz    

TMZ parasites and alike deserve these types of reactions from celebs such as Tyson to their probing tacticts.

1773 days ago


GOOD Mike I hope he get some jail time and it WILL set an example to others to BACK OFF.

1773 days ago

Dan Horowitz    

WRONG, Tanya. It will serve as an example to other paps to do THE EXACT SAME THING now that they know Tyson will respond and make them rich and famous. They won't leave Tyson alone now! They'll all want to get punched in the face and they'll do whatever it takes to make it happen! It's just like the insurance scammers who deliberately cause car crashes in a way that will give them insurance settlements.

1773 days ago


Convicted of rape, bitten part of someone's ear off, beats women, etc , etc, etc .... and still there are morons on here who will defend him against a guy taking his picture with a camera. Tyson has been in jail as a convicted felon, but not long enough. Someday he'll go too far and pull an O.J. and they'll probably still be nitwits defending him. Pathetic!

1773 days ago


stop cramming on tmz and the paparazzi!! they are just doing their job!!! oh and btw mike... smooth move

1773 days ago


Poster #117 Daniel...You never know what could happen...The Judge may want to set an example to the paparazzi...I COULD be RIGHT.

1773 days ago


TMZ why are you paying the PAP who took this picture


They make themselves available at press and red carpet events. THIS IS A CRIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1773 days ago


I saw Tyson once in a mall in Vegas. I thought about poking him with a stick then thought otherwise. I didnt want my face to look like a Picasso painting no matter how much I could try to sue for. He ended up being really nice.

1773 days ago


You go Mike! I wish he had kicked his nuts too so that fu@king pap would be unable to procreate.

1773 days ago
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