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Tyson feared ‘immediate danger’ in snapper clash

The former heavyweight champion has been sued by Antonio Echavarria, who claims Tyson punched him and broke his camera during an altercation at Los Angeles International Airport last November (09).

Both men made citizen’s arrests on each other and were later booked for identical misdemeanour battery charges, which were later dropped due to “insufficient evidence”.

Echavarria filed a civil complaint with the courts, alleging he suffered concussion and a strain to his spinal cord, and asking for compensation totalling $25 million (£16.6 million).

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But Tyson has now hit back at the photographer’s accusations, filing his own legal papers which reveal he felt provoked during the incident.

The former sportsman claims he feared he was in “immediate danger” and took steps “necessary for his self-defence” and the “protection of others”, according to TMZ.com.

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