The former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Mike Tyson, will not face any criminal charges over an incident caught on video.
Last month, Tyson was caught on video appearing to hit another plane passenger multiple times. According to CNN, San Mateo County, California District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe will not file misdemeanor battery charges against Tyson based on the confrontation's circumstances, including the conduct of the alleged victim, Melvin George Townsend III, leading up to the incident.
“It is simply a case that does not belong in the criminal court,” Wagstaffe said. “If they want to sue each other, that's their business.”
The video obtained by TMZ Sports appeared to show the popular pugilist aboard a plane, bending over his seat and repeatedly hitting what appears to be another passenger in the row behind him. Tyson’s representative released a statement at the time that he had an incident with an “aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him.”
TMZ does not show the entirety of the incident. A water bottle was not visible in the footage.
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Townsend has denied throwing a water bottle at Tyson.
Townsend’s attorney previously said his client is a “big Mike Tyson fan” and alleged in a statement last month that “Tyson became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him.”
“This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting a flight attendant. Our client denies throwing a water bottle before being struck by Mr. Tyson,” attorney Matt Morgan previously said.
Wagstaffe told CNN both men involved requested that charges not be filed in the case.