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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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106.

JT    

I respect that! I'm a NY-er & if people move in to close on ya that's what we do, knock em out! Pap gets away with 2 much!

1721 days ago
107.

Reece    

God is with you. This man just lost a child and has been taking every step possible to change his life . F**ck that papp.

1721 days ago
108.

Zip    

Hooray Mike!!! This is the first time I have ever backed this man, but he was right to punch this guy. You have the right to self-defense, deady weapon, or not, that does not negate your rights. You must remember, he just lost a child and here is a photog messing with him? Use some common sense and show some respect in certain given situations, and this is one of them. Leave a man who is in mourning, alone!!!!!

1721 days ago
109.

gstyle99    

This guy accomplished more before the age of 21 that 99.9% of the worlds' population could not come close too. Was he provoked? Most likely to-you betya. Was the pap looking for a payday... Perhaps or maybe the pap just had a blonde moment and couldn't back out out of pure stupidity or blind pride. Time will tell, I'm sure. I do not believe Mike is crazy. The ear bite came after about 4 headbutts by holifield and I do not blame Mike for retaliating. It's funny how many people talk trash about the ear bite but have no clue of why it happened. That kinda dirty fighting does not belong in boxing. Mike is a force that should not be reckoned with even after all these years. Dude has been through a lot and many vultures picking off his bones. He deserves some happiness and PEACE and I wish him future success. I also believe the reason why he was so successful and a world champion boxer is because he had a genuinely good person take him under his wing and mold him into a champion when no one else probably gave 2 turds about him. Here's to hoping he gets some roles on some good T.V. shows polluting the airways these days.

1721 days ago
110.

doug    

lmao, thats what u get when you mess with mike!

1721 days ago
111.

Matt    

i agree with the person above me.

A lot of you people talking negative about Tyson need to watch that new movie on him. This man's life was so sad. He was a bad kid, was brought to live with Cus and that man loved him like a father. I was almost in tears watching Mike try and talk about him because he couldn't even talk because he was fighting back tears so much.

Once he died, Mike was surrounded by people looking to just bank off of him like Don King. Mike absolutely hates King. But you learn a lot about him in this movie. He still says he did not rape that woman and he calls her some nasty names because of what she did to his life (if you believe him that he didnt rape her).

He really is a nice guy, he just really has a hard time trusting people. And back in the day people felt they could mouth off to him and he checked them on it.

And as the guy above me said, the bitting of the ear thing was because of all the headbutts Holyfield was getting away with. In the movie they show that fight and everytime he gets headbutted he says, "BOOM i blacked out there, BOOM i blacked out there, BOOM he headbutted me there and i blacked out." He finally got so pissed off about the headbutts that he just wanted to destroy Holyfield and rip his head off and when they were tied up he just took a bite because he was so pissed about the headbutts and wanted to kill him.

He goes on to say that a lot of the stuff like the stuff he said about Lennox Lewis, was just to hype up the fight and make more money.

I highly doubt Mike would just punch a guy for no reason. He had to have been provoked or felt that he or his family were not safe.

1721 days ago
112.

that.is.all    

Reece said f**k I'm telling Harvey.

1721 days ago
113.

doug    

f the paparazzi. you are the man mike!

1721 days ago
114.

The Seer    

That pap has to be suicidal or have the I.Q. of a Milk Dud to stalk that close to Iron Mike. Idiot! Definitely got what he deserved.

TEAM MIKE!

1721 days ago
115.

Kristin Hutchins    

You guys don't need to post this but you have the wrong pic up on this story, you have Larry King and Carrie P. First time I have ever seen that, but you guys need to be told....

1721 days ago
116.

Deb    

Tyson doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. He could have called security, but that solution was too rational for the dolt Tyson.

1721 days ago
117.

Simone    

Can we arrest Kooky and Simone too???????????????

1721 days ago
118.

no way    

not an advocate of violence but I must say leave Mike alone, this doesn't have to be a felony.
Note to paps, don't get in the face of a boxer with a baby who just buried his 4 year old recently, that is a recipe for disaster.
No charges for Mike!

1721 days ago
119.

Dave    

WOOOOOOO!!! You go, Mike!

TMZ, You got video of this awesome event ?

1721 days ago
120.

frank    

wait till mike meets this guy in the holding cell , the both went to jail

1721 days ago
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