Mike Tyson will not face criminal charges over an incident caught on video last month that appeared to show the former heavyweight boxer hitting another plane passenger multiple times.
Mike Tyson appears to hit fellow airplane passenger
San Mateo County, California, District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe told CNN he decided not to file misdemeanor battery charges against Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation, including the conduct of the alleged victim, Melvin George Townsend III, leading up to the incident.
“It is simply a case that does not belong in the criminal court,” Wagstaffe said. “If they want to sue each other, that's their business.”
Video obtained by TMZ Sports appeared to show Tyson aboard a plane, bending over his seat and repeatedly hitting what appears to be another passenger in the row behind him. A representative for Tyson said in a statement at the time that the former boxer had an incident with an “aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him.”
The video published by TMZ does not show the entirety of the incident. A water bottle was not visible in the footage.
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