Tyson Must Return to Brazil for Trial

The Associated Press
Friday, November 11, 2005; 5:07 PM

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Mike Tyson was ordered by a judge Friday to return to Brazil in March to face trial for allegedly assaulting a cameraman in a nightclub.

If found guilty, the former heavyweight champion could be fined or sentenced to community service in Brazil, the Globo Online news service reported.


Cameramen follow former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson as he leaves a restaurant wearing an Argentine national soccer jersey autographed by Diego Maradona in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. Tyson went to court today after a television cameraman accused Tyson of assaulting him outside a nightclub on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
Cameramen follow former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson as he leaves a restaurant wearing an Argentine national soccer jersey autographed by Diego Maradona in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. Tyson went to court today after a television cameraman accused Tyson of assaulting him outside a nightclub on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) (Alexandre Meneghini - AP)

Tyson did not speak to reporters at the courthouse.

Cameraman Carlos Eduardo da Silva, who works for the Brazilian television network SBT, contends Tyson broke his camera Thursday and hit him on the head with camera equipment. Tyson acknowledged breaking the camera and destroying the camera's tape after asking Silva to stop filming, but denied pushing or hitting the cameraman, police said.

Tyson came to Sao Paulo following a trip to Argentina, where he was interviewed by Diego Maradona on the soccer great's TV show. When Tyson arrived at the courthouse Friday wearing a gift from Maradona _ the jersey of the Argentine national soccer team, the Brazilian crowd jeered, the Agencia Estado news agency said.


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