- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES | Officials say Mike Tyson has been released from a Los Angeles police station after being booked on suspicion of battery for allegedly hitting a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb says the paparazzo told police that the former heavyweight boxing champion struck him once Wednesday afternoon. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead.

Tyson spokeswoman Tammy Brook says he was traveling with his wife and 10-month-old daughter when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzo. She says he acted in self-defense to protect his child.

Tyson has a home in Phoenix. He also served 24 hours in an Arizona jail in 2007 for cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

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