No Charges For Mike Tyson in Scuffle With Photographer

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LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson and a photographer won't face charges after their scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport, city prosecutors said Thursday.

Prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge Tyson or photographer Tony Echeverria, spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

The two men were arrested Nov. 11 after a scuffle in which each claimed they were struck by the other.

Echeverria said a blow by the former heavyweight champion 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 at the time that Tyson was protecting his infant daughter after Echeverria collided with her stroller.

She said Thursday the city attorney's office made the right decision by not charging 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," Chapman Holley said.

Attempts to reach Echeverria for comment were unsuccessful.

Arizona authorities said after Tyson's arrest that they were watching the case to see if the former boxer should be sent to jail for violating probation in a 2007 drug case. He pleaded guilty in Arizona to cocaine possession.

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever in 1986 when he won his title as a 20-year-old. His life since then has been marred by accusations of domestic violence, rape and cocaine use.

He played himself in the 2009 hit film The Hangover.

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