Mike Tyson Not Charged In Paparazzi Scuffle
The city attorney's office has opted not to charge former boxing champion Mike Tyson has with any crime in a November scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport.
Representatives for Tyson said in a statement that the decision was a positive step forward for the pugilist and other celebrities as well.
"The city attorney's office made the right decision, given the harassing conduct of the paparazzi who persisted in his aggressive pursuit of Mr. Tyson, even after being ordered by airport security personnel to leave him alone," said Shawn Chapman Holley, Esq., an attorney for Tyson. "The City Attorney's decision today is a small victory for those who continue to be harassed, annoyed and even stalked by the paparazzi."
On Nov. 11, Tony Echeverria, a photographer, apparently hit Mike Tyson in an effort to provoke him into doing something newsworthy. Echeverria claims Tyson punched him in the face and then took his film.
Both were arrested as a result. Tyson was booked and release, but Echeverria went to the hospital for his injuries.
One spokesperson for the city attorney's office said there simply wasn't enough in the case to charge either man.
“We took a look at the evidence and concluded that there was insufficient evidence that either party was at fault beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney's office. “It didn’t rise to the level of filing a charge.”