NEW YORK: Mike Tyson has been arrested at an airport in the US after allegedly punching a photographer.
The former heavyweight boxing champion was detained on suspicion of battery following the scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.
The snapper, who was treated in hospital for a cut to his forehead, told officers that Tyson struck him once, an airport police spokesman said.
Tyson’s spokeswoman said the boxer, who was travelling with his wife and 10-month-old child, was reacting to an overly aggressive photographer to protect his baby.
Tyson was protecting wife Lakiha Spicer and daughter Milan, his spokeswoman said
The 43-year-old is expected to be released from custody later. The photographer is also likely to be charged, police said.