Mike Tyson‘s legal ace, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley has released a statement exclusively to RadarOnline.com revealing new details of the incident that led to her client’s arrest after an altercation with a photographer.
The former heavyweight boxing champion was aggressively pursued by a photographer who bumped the stroller of Tyson’s baby and ignored orders by airport personnel to leave Tyson alone.
Holley told RadarOnline.com: “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.”
This has been a difficult year for Tyson as he lost his four-year-old daughter, Exodus Tyson in May 2009 to a freak accident in which she was strangled by a cord attached to a treadmill at her mother’s home.
LAX has become a battleground between celebrities and photographers. Last year Kanye West and his manager were involved in an altercation with several paps. Criminal charges were filed against West and his manager, Don Crawley. Crawley was repped by Tyson’s attorney, and all charges against both were ultimately dismissed.