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Mike Tyson Claims 'Self-Defense' in Pap Fight

11/17/2010 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Tyson claims he needed to get aggressive with a paparazzo at LAX last year because he felt the photog had put him in "immediate danger" ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Mike Tyson Hits Photographer
The docs were submitted in response to a $25 million lawsuit filed earlier this year -- in which Tyson was accused of assaulting and battering Antonio Echevarria in an airport terminal last November.

In the new papers, Tyson claims he doesn't owe the guy a single penny because he was provoked -- and insists that he merely acted in a manner that was "necessary for his self-defense" and the "protection of others."

As we previously reported, Echevarria shot footage of the incident -- which was heavily edited before we got a hold of it -- showing an angry Tyson charging towards the photog and saying, "I will kill you."

Tyson was arrested moments after the incident -- but the L.A. City Attorney ultimately rejected the case citing "insufficient evidence."


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mike tyson is a good person, he has a 3 yr old daughter for crying out loud do you realy think he would hurt someone for no reason! the poparatzi takes advantag of anyone and wont leave them alone then edits it to make the guy in the picture look bad! mike tyson was bullied as a kid so why would he go and hit someone out of nowhere exactly he wouldn't. he was defending his privacy. even if he hurt the guy real bad, its none of our buisness, if some regular guy did this everyone would blame the camara man but, because someone famous did it all of the sudden BANG! he must be guilty, just because it makes a good story. leave mike tyson alone!

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