We wouldn't mess with Mike Tyson if we were you!
Antonio Echevarria, a paparazzo, is suing former boxer champ Mike Tyson for $25 million, claiming that Tyson beat him at LAX airport in November 2009, which resulted in severe injuries to his face, brain, spine, neck, and other parts of his body.
The photographer says when he was filming Tyson and his family as they walked through the airport to get on a Las Vegas flight, Tyson told the pap, "I will kill you" and then attacked him.
Both Tyson and Echevarria made complaints against each other for misdemeanor battery and placed each other under citizen's arrest. Ecehvarria was taken to the hospital for a forehead laceration, while Tyson was to taken to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Tyson's lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley (yes, Lindsay's lawyer), released a statement defending Tyson, claiming that the photographer had bumped Tyson's baby stroller and ignored the airport staff when he was ordered to leave Tyson and his family alone.
"Wednesday afternoon at approximately 3:30 pm, Mike Tyson, his wife, mother-in-law, assistant and 10-month-old baby daughter were walking through the United terminal at LAX, following an eleven-hour flight.
Mr. Tyson and his family were without security and attempting to make a connecting flight when they were aggressively approached by a paparazzo intent on provoking and harassing them. The paparazzo repeatedly refused to comply with the orders and directives of airport personnel to leave the family alone and continued to aggressively pursue the Tyson family–at one point colliding with the baby's stroller.
There are numerous witnesses to the paparazzo's provocative and unlawful conduct which culminated in his assault on Mr. Tyson and Mr. Tyson's responsive act in defense of his family. Mr. Tyson cooperated with law enforcement authorities and demanded that a citizen's arrest be made against the paparazzo.
Mr. Tyson remains confident that this matter will be appropriately addressed as the witnesses are interviewed and the facts borne out."
What do U think about all the dramz? Is Mike to blame? Or the photog?
[Image via WENN.]
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