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It was self-defense, Mike Tyson says

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Never one to go down without a fight, Mike Tyson is claiming self-defense in an altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport that ended with both men being arrested.tyson

The former heavyweight boxing champ said he was attacked by “an overly aggressive paparazzi” and that he “acted in self-defense as a father protecting his child,” Tyson’s rep Tammy Brook said in a statement to celebrity news sites.

Tyson, traveling with his wife Lakiha (pictured at right) and 10-month-old daughter, said the photographer hit him first. Both men are said to have thrown a punch, but photographer Tony Echevarria — not surprisingly — appears to have come off worse and ended up with five stitches on the head .

Echevarria told celebrity web site TMZ.com that Tyson lashed out four times, and called the incident “traumatizing.”

Cannes Fare – Angelina Jolie, Kung Fu Panda and Steve McQueen

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Highlights of Reuters coverage of the second full day of the Cannes film festival.

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