Mike Tyson to face no charges in punching incident onboard airplane
Written by Alex Stone Jamia Pugh on May 10, 2022
Mike Tyson will not face charges in the April 20 incident in which he was seen on a viral video punching a passenger onboard a JetBlue flight in San Francisco.
The San Mateo County DA’s office announced Tuesday that after reviewing police reports and videos, it has decided not to file charges against Tyson. The office said its decision is based on circumstances surrounding the confrontation, including requests by the victim that no charges be filed, the interactions between the victim and Tyson, and the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident.
As previously reported, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation into the incident after the former heavyweight champ allegedly punched a fellow passenger on a still-grounded airplane. The exchange, caught on video and shared by TMZ, is said to have been a result of Tyson being provoked by the passenger who, according to eyewitnesses, was intoxicated.
A rep for the Tyson noted in April, “Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat.”
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