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.”