Mike Tyson will not face criminal charges for punching man on plane: prosecutor
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will not face criminal charges for repeatedly punching another passenger on the plane, a California prosecutor said Tuesday.
Cellphone footage showed Tyson leaning over the back of his seat and delivering a flurry of punches to the man, who appeared to have bruises and bleeding after the April 20 incident.
‘Iron Mike’ was initially friendly with the passenger and his friend when they boarded the flight from San Francisco to Florida, but broke down after the man ‘kept provoking him’, the official said. TMZ entertainment website.
San Mateo County prosecutor Steve Wagstaffe told AFP that no charges would be brought against the veteran.
“We reviewed police reports from the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and reviewed the various videos law enforcement collected from other people on the plane,” said Wagstaffe.
“Our decision is that we will not bring any charges against Mr. Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation.
“These include the conduct of the victim prior to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, and requests by the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be filed in this matter.”
Considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Tyson is also known for his erratic behavior, including sadly biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997.
Tyson was convicted in 1992 of rape and jailed for three years.
In 2007, he admitted a cocaine addiction.
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