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No charges against Tyson over scuffle with photographer

AFP , LOS ANGELES

Mike Tyson and the photographer who provoked the former heavyweight world champion’s ire at Los Angeles International airport last month won’t face charges over their scuffle, prosecutors said on Thursday.

City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge either man after they were arrested on Nov. 11 after an altercation in which each said the other hit him.

Echeverria said a blow by Tyson — the once feared heavyweight world champ — knocked him to the ground, and he was treated for a cut to the forehead.

Tyson was traveling with his family when he was mobbed by photographers. His attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said that Tyson was protecting his daughter after Echeverria collided with her stroller.

“The city attorney’s decision today is a small victory for those who continue to be harassed, annoyed and even stalked by the paparazzi,” Chapman Holley said.

Authorities in Arizona said after Tyson’s arrest that they were watching the case to see if he should be sent to jail for violating terms of his probation in a 2007 drug case in which Tyson pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

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