- Mike Tyson was filmed beating down a man who was seen antagonizing him during a flight from San Francisco to South Florida.
- The man has now lawyered up and is mulling his legal options against Tyson.
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Melvin Townsend III, the guy who got punched by Mike Tyson on a plane earlier this week, has hired a lawyer and is mulling his legal options against the former boxing champ.
On Thursday, Tyson claims Townsend was pestering and even threw a water bottle at him, which led to the physical altercation on a flight from San Francisco to South Florida.
Mike Tyson says the man he repeatedly punched on a plane on Wednesday was not only harassing him … but also threw a water bottle at him before the fight.
Reps for Tyson made the claims in a statement to TMZ Sports … also saying the passenger on the San Francisco plane was “aggressive” during the incident as well.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him,” Tyson’s reps said Thursday, “and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat.”
Townsend has now hired a lawyer and is denying that he threw a water bottle before getting punched by Tyson.
The man Mike Tyson repeatedly punched on a JetBlue plane has lawyered up, and the attorney’s first thoughts are suggesting a lawsuit might not be far away.
Attorney Matt Morgan from Morgan & Morgan, who reps Melvin Townsend III, tells TMZ, “Our client is a big Mike Tyson fan. When Mike Tyson boarded the plane, he became overly excited. At first, their interaction was cordial.”
He goes on … “At a certain point, Mr. Tyson clearly became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him in an excessive manner. This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting the flight attendant. Our client denies throwing a water bottle prior to being struck by Mr. Tyson.”
Attorney Morgan says, “To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have exercised greater restraint before using his hands on an overly excited fan.”
According to TMZ, the man is still in shock over the incident and is mulling his legal options against Tyson.