Tyson won’t face charges in airport scuffle with paparazzi
Mike Tyson and a photographer won’t face charges after their
scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport, city prosecutors said
Prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge Tyson or
photographer Tony Echeverria, spokesman Frank Mateljan said. The
two men were arrested Nov. 11 after an incident in which each
claimed they were struck by the other.
Echeverria said a blow by the former heavyweight champion
knocked him to the ground, and he was treated for a cut to the
Tyson was traveling with his family when he was mobbed by
photographers. His attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said at the time
that Tyson was protecting his infant daughter after Echeverria
collided with her stroller.
She said Thursday the city attorney’s office made the right
decision by not charging Tyson.
“The city attorney’s decision today is a small victory for
those who continue o be harassed, annoyed and even stalked by the
paparazzi,” Chapman Holley said.
Attempts to reach Echeverria for comment were unsuccessful.
Tyson also won’t face any probation violations in his 2007
cocaine possession case in Arizona, said Zach Dal Pra, deputy chief
of the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department.
Arizona authorities said after Tyson’s arrest in Los Angeles
that they were watching that case to see if the former boxer should
be sent to jail for violating probation.
However, Dal Pra said Thursday his office would have to show
evidence of a newer crime to revoke the probation.
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever in 1986
when he won his title as a 20-year-old. His life since then has
been marred by accusations of domestic violence, rape and cocaine
He played himself in the 2009 hit film “The Hangover.”