California prosecutors declined to press charges against Mike Tyson for repeatedly punching a man in the face on JetBlue plane last month.
San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe told TMZ that Mike Tyson will not face charges because of “the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident…”
Mike Tyson repeatedly punched Melvin Townsend III on a JetBlue flight scheduled to take off from San Francisco last month.
Melvin Townsend after Mike Tyson pummeled him
Townsend was reportedly intoxicated and wouldn’t stop taunting and provoking Mike Tyson.
According to TMZ, Townsend threw a water bottle at Mike Tyson before the boxer pummeled him.
After asking the Townsend to ‘chill,’ Tyson, 55, lost his cool and began punching the man in the face.
Mike Tyson will not face criminal charges, according to TMZ.
Mike Tyson can breathe a sigh of relief — the boxing legend will NOT face criminal charges stemming from his airplane beatdown, TMZ Sports has learned.
The San Mateo County District Attorney said Monday morning 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” no charges will be filed against the legendary fighter.
Stephen Wagstaffe, the San Mateo County D.A., tells us ultimately neither Tyson nor the man wanted to go to court over it all. Wagstaffe added that they believed there were more serious cases his office should be prosecuting regardless.
“We thank San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, the San Mateo County Sheriff, and all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation for their careful, diligent, and professional work,” said Tyson’s attorneys, David Z. Chesnoff, Richard A. Schonfeld and Martin A. Sabelli.
Watch the beatdown here: