EXCLUSIVE: Mike Tyson Hires Top Hollywood Lawyer

Nov. 12 2009, Published 6:45 a.m. ET

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Mike Tyson has hired top Hollywood criminal defense attorney Shawn Chapman Holley after his arrest for punching a photographer, has learned exclusively.

The former heavyweight boxing champion of the world was arrested Wednesday at LAX and will claim he acted in self defense and was trying to protect his 10-month old daughter from Tony Echevarria,a paparazzi.

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The photog was punched by Tyson at the United Airlines ticket counter. Tyson was handcuffed and taken away by cops; Echevarria was taken to a hospital. Tyson insiders say Echevarria was overly aggressive and struck him, trying to provoke a reaction. The photog claims Tyson simply was angry at questions he was being asked. Both men filed complaints against the other.

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Tyson's new lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley also represents Lindsay Lohan and other high-profile clients. She successfully defended Kanye West's manager Don Crawley in an incident at LAX also involving photographers. All charges were dropped against Kanye and Crawley.


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