Mike Tyson Arrested in Airport Melee

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Former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson was detained at LAX airport Wednesday after getting into an altercation, according to various reports.

A photographer told investigators that in fact Tyson punched him in the face and tried to take the film from his camera. Tyson told investigators that a celebrity gossip photographer struck him in an apparent attempt to provoke him.

Both wanted to press charges against each other, so police placed both under arrest. The photographer was taken to a hospital with injuries to his face.

Tyson was taken by LAX police to the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Division, where he was booked on suspicion of battery and released.

"He was very cooperative," Lt. Aaron McCraney said. "There were no issues."

Note to photographers: You do not want to mess with this man. He is bigger and more insane than you. He has a tattoo on his face. His face. We need not elaborate further.

It's the latest of several clashes between celebrities and paparazzi at LAX.

In 2008, before he moved on to hijacking Taylor Swift on stage, rapper Kanye West was arrested on suspicion of vandalism after he and his road manager both reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed his camera near a terminal.

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