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Mike Tyson detained at LAX after altercation with photographer [Updated]

November 11, 2009 |  6:03 pm

MiketysonBoxer Mike Tyson was detained at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon after getting into an altercation.

[Updated 8:50 p.m.: Tyson was taken by LAXpolice to the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division, where he was booked on suspicion of battery and released on his own recognizance at 8:10 p.m., said Lt. Aaron McCraney said.

"He was very cooperative," McCraney said. "There were no issues."]

The incident occurred at Terminal 7.

A law enforcement source told The Times that both Tyson and an unidentified photographer traded accusations about the altercation. Los Angeles airport police are now interviewing both Tyson and the photographer.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m.: The source said Tyson told investigators that the photographer struck him in an apparent attempt to provoke him. The photographer told investigators that Tyson punched him in the face and tried to take the film from his camera, according to the source, who spoke on condition that he not be named because it was an open investigation.

Both men wanted to press battery charges against each other, so police placed both under arrest, the source said.

The photographer was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to his face.]

It's the latest of several clashes 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 at LAX 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

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