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Mike Tyson learns his fate over airplane beat down of fan

The San Mateo County District Attorney, Stephen Wagstaffe, said neither Tyson nor the victim, Melvin George Townsend III, wanted to go to court over the beat down.Wagstaffe said no charges would be filed because of “the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr Tyson”, according to TMZ.The boxing star had claimed Townsend threw a bottle at him before he unleashed a flurry of punches in retaliation as the JetBlue flight prepared to take off from San Francisco airport.His lawyer, Matt Morgan from Morgan & Morgan, said Townsend “became overly excited”, but denied a water bottle was thrown in the tense interaction. “Our client is a big Mike Tyson fan,” he told TMZ. “To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr Tyson should have exercised greater restraint before using his hands on an overly excited fan.” Mr Townsend, 36, reportedly has a criminal history in relation to crimes including burglary, grand theft, fraud, and trafficking stolen property, according to public records. The footage showed Tyson leaning over the back of his seat and delivering a flurry of blows to the man, who appeared to be left with bruises and some bleeding.Boxing: A patron on a Jet Blue flight drew the ire of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, who appeared to have enough of his antics.He was initially friendly to the passenger and his friend when they boarded the flight but reacted after the man “wouldn’t stop provoking” him, TMZ reported. But the man “kept trying to talk” to the 55-year-old fighter. After being questioned and released by police following the incident on April 20, Tyson continued to Miami all smiles to pose for fan photos on his way inside the luxury Eden Roc hotel. He even joked about the incident in a video shared by UFC President Dana White, captioned: “Hey dummies, for future reference, this is how you stay alive when bumping into @MikeTyson on an airplane”. It showed Tyson slapping White’s shoulder while ordering him to get out of his seat on a private jet.In a statement to TMZ, Tyson’s attorneys thanked “all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation for their careful, diligent, and professional work”.

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