Former heavyweight champ [artist id="514640"]Mike Tyson[/artist] was booked on suspicion of battery charges on Wednesday after allegedly punching a photographer in the face at Los Angeles International Airport according to CNN.
Tyson was released on his own recognizance Wednesday night after getting booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and posting $20,000 bail. The photographer was also reportedly booked on misdemeanor battery charges.
The site reported that Tyson, 43, was at the ticket counter in the United Airlines terminal when a photographer got very close to him and Tyson allegedly punched the unidentified shooter in the face. After the photog hit the ground, he reportedly got up and walked away, leaving a trail of blood on the floor from a minor laceration to the forehead. While Tyson was taken from the scene in a squad car, an ambulance was called for the photographer, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Tyson and the paparazzo reportedly performed citizen's arrests on each other after the incident, and both wanted to press charges against each other. A rep for Tyson said he was traveling with his 10-month-old daughter and wife and that he acted in self-defense to protect his child from the overly aggressive shooter. A unidentified law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that Tyson informed investigators that the photographer struck him in an apparent attempt to provoke him, while the snapper said Tyson punched him in the face and tried to take the film from his camera. The Associated Press reported that the photographer will also be booked on similar charges once he is released from the hospital.
Just over a year ago, in September 2008, [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] and his road manager were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after a run in with the paparazzi at LAX; charges against both were dismissed last month.