Mike Tyson Deported from Chile Over Criminal Record
Boxing legend Mike Tyson was barred from entering Chile on Thursday because of his criminal record, reports claim.
The incident happened at the Santiago international airport, where Immigration police tweeted a photo of the 51-year-old former heavyweight champion of the world being escorted by officers ‘re-embarking’ him, Daily Mail writes.
“Detectives from the International Police are re-boarding Mike Tyson for not complying with immigration law,” the PDI said on its verified Twitter account on Thursday, alongside a photograph of Tyson walking in an airport with two individuals wearing PDI jackets.
The police force explained it had the power to “prohibit the entry into the country of any foreigner who has negative records and/or convictions in their country of origin.”
Local media reported that the American former world heavyweight champion was planning to attend an awards ceremony for action films taking place in Santiago, Chile’s capital.
In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping teenaged beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in his hotel room in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was sentenced to six years in prison but released on parole after serving three.
This had a devastating effect on his career, as the once untouchable heavyweight champ would never reach the heady heights he attained in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
His criminal record also includes convictions for assault and cocaine possession since his retirement from the sport.
This isn’t the first time he has been barred from a country for his lengthy rap sheet.
In 2013, Tyson was forced to scrap promotional appearances in London because the convictions barred him from entering Britain, while in 2012, New Zealand denied him entry after a charity that was going to benefit from his visit dropped its support due to his rape conviction.
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