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Mike Tyson granted visa for Australian tour

Australia granted Mike Tyson a visa Wednesday, one week after New Zealand barred the former heavyweight boxing champion from entering that country because of his 1992 rape conviction.

Officials carefully weighed the pros and cons of his visit and of his character given his criminal past before making the decision, said Cian Manton, a spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

She said it was the first time Mr. Tyson had applied for a visa to Australia and he was warned the privilege could be revoked if he broke any laws.

“Given the purpose of his visit and the short duration, we considered the risk of him re-offending to be very low,” Ms. Manton said.

The entertainment visa he was granted covers the duration of Mr. Tyson’s five-city Australian tour starting next month.

He was scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand on the “Day of the Champions” tour to give inspirational talks about overcoming adversity in his life. New Zealand immigration authorities initially granted him a visa before a charity withdrew its support and officials reversed their decision.

Mr. Tyson served three years in prison for rape.

Police called to dispute between Lohan, mother

Police were called to Lindsay Lohan’s childhood home in suburban New York on Wednesday morning after a report of a fight between the troubled actress and her mother.

It was the third run-in involving the actress and New York police officers in the past several weeks.

Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said officers were called at about 8 a.m. Wednesday to the Merrick, Long Island, home where the 26-year-old starlet grew up. Her mother, Dina, lives in the home with some of her other children, The Associated Press reports.

An investigation revealed “no criminality,” Inspector Lack said. Police did not release details on the subject of the argument.

Celebrity website TMZ first reported the dispute. Miss Lohan’s publicist declined to comment.

Miss Lohan recently filmed “The Canyons,” an indie film written by “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis.

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