The boxer and paparazzo, who suffered a cut forehead, both accuse each other of battery

By Ken Lee
November 11, 2009 11:50 PM
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Mike Tyson and a photographer made citizen’s arrests of one another after getting into a scuffle Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport, police say.

At 4:30 p.m., the former boxing champ, 43, was passing through LAX from Europe en route to Las Vegas when a celebrity photographer began taking his picture at the United Airlines terminal, Sgt. Jim Holcomb tells PEOPLE.

“The two men got into a scuffle, and it’s alleged that Tyson hit the photographer once in the face with one hand, causing him to fall to the ground,” Holcomb says. “The photographer sustained a laceration to the forehead, and was taken to a local hospital.”

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Officers arrived on the scene and detained Tyson, who was booked at a nearby LAPD station and held on $20,000 bail, according to police records. Documents also show that Tyson was released at 8:24 p.m.

Tyson was reportedly traveling with his wife and 10-month-old baby. The incident was first reported by

“Mr. Tyson did absolutely nothing wrong, he was the victim in this case,” his attorney, Richard Schonfeld tells PEOPLE. “We look forward to vindicating him and pursuing his rights.”

Earlier this year, the boxer’s 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, died in Phoenix after accidentally getting her neck wrapped in a cord from an exercise machine. In November 2007, Tyson was sentenced by an Arizona judge to 24 hours in jail and three years probation for drug possession and driving under the influence.

It remains to be seen whether the airport incident will be deemed a violation of his probation terms.