Boxing legend Mike Tyson will reportedly avoid criminal charges after he was caught on video punching a man on a plane several times. Tyson was facing possible charges after he repeatedly punched a man in the face on a JetBlue flight last month.
However, according to TMZ Sports, the San Mateo County District Attorney has ruled that because of “the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr. Tyson” no charges will be filed against the 55-year-old fighter.
“Stephen Wagstaffe, the San Mateo County DA, tells us ultimately neither Tyson nor the man wanted to go to court over it all,” TMZ wrote.
“We now deem the case closed,” DA Steve Wagstaffe said Tuesday.
Wagstaffe added that his office will not be filing charges against the passenger, identified as Melvin Townsend, who has declined to press any charges against Tyson.
A witness on the plane told TMZ that the former heavyweight champ was initially cordial to fans asking for photographs, but Townsend kept irritating Tyson by talking in his ear which led to him being assaulted.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,” a representative for Tyson said at the time.
Townsend has denied throwing a bottle at Tyson.
“After a thorough investigation, no charges will be filed against Mr. Tyson for the incident at San Francisco International Airport on April 20, 2022,” Tyson’s legal team told Fox News Digital in a statement. “We thank San Francisco District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, the San Mateo County Sheriff, and all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation for their careful, diligent, and professional work.”
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