Mike Tyson Won’t Be Charged Following Video Of Him Punching Airline Passenger
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will not be facing any charges in regard to the incident on an airplane last month.
In late April, a video of Tyson went viral, which showed the former boxing champion punching a man repeatedly in the face on a flight that was set to depart from San Francisco to Florida. Later reports revealed that Tyson threw punches after an “aggressive” airline passenger “harassed” him.
“We have reviewed the police reports of the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and have viewed the various videos collected by law enforcement from others on the airplane,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
“Our decision is that we will not file any charges against Mr. Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation.
“These include 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 that no charges be filed in this case.”
In the TMZ video, it shows the events leading up to Tyson punching the passenger. Early reports said the passenger – who was a friend of the person recording the video – sat behind Tyson and did not stop talking to him.
The passenger was visibly bloodied after the punches and received medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries.
Tyson and the passenger were apprehended by police in San Francisco and was subsequently released, ESPN reported.