Mike Tyson booked on suspicion of battery in Los Angeles
The incident occurred at Terminal 7 in front of numerous witnesses about 4:30 p.m., according to Los Angeles Airport Police. The photographer, who suffered a minor cut to his forehead, was not identified.
Tyson, 43, told investigators that the photographer struck him in an apparent attempt to provoke him, according to a police source who asked not to be named because the matter involved an open investigation.
The photographer told investigators that Tyson punched him in the face and tried to take his camera, the source said.
Meanwhile, a Tyson spokesperson told the website TMZ.com that the boxer was accompanied by a 10-month-old child and that he was trying to protect her.
Both men wanted to press charges of battery against each other, said Sgt. Jim Holcomb of the airport police. Trying to determine exactly what had happened was a difficult because of the varying accounts of witnesses.
“There’s a lot of different versions to the story,” Holcomb said.
Tyson was initially held in the airport station’s lockup, but he was later transferred to the LAPD’s 77th Street Station, where he was booked and released on his own recognizance at 8:10 p.m.
“He was very cooperative,” said LAPD Lt. Aaron McCraney. “There were no issues.”
The photographer was taken to a hospital for treatment. He may be booked on suspicion of battery following a medical evaluation, according to the law enforcement source.
Today's episode was the latest clash between celebrities and paparazzi at LAX.
On Sept. 12, 2008, rapper Kanye West was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and his road manager, Don Crowley, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after they reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed his camera.
An L.A. court commissioner dismissed all charges against both men last month.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Mike Tyson. Credit: Getty Images