Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson could have to pay a massive £350,000 (over Rs 3 million) to a man he repeatedly punched on a plane last year. Tyson was filmed attacking passenger Melvin Townsend on a JetBlue flight from San Francisco in April 2022. The footage appeared to show the 57-year-old striking the man over the back of his seat, who appeared to be left with bruises and some bleeding following the incident. At the time, a Tyson representative said the passenger was aggressive. They also claimed the former world boxing champion snapped after the passenger “didn’t stop provoking him”.
Now, a year after the incident, Melvin Townsend is claiming £350,000 in damages after incurring large medical costs as a result of the incident. Accordingly TMZA letter from Mr Townsend’s legal representatives alleged that their client had suffered pain in the head and neck, as well as loss of consciousness, a concussion and a bruised head. The man also reportedly suffered from nausea, headaches, depression, memory problems, sleep problems, mood disorders, dizziness and vision problems as a result of the violent incident.
According to the outlet, Mr. Townsend did not have health insurance at the time of the incident and therefore claimed that he had to incur significant costs. He is reportedly still being treated for his stomach and is seeing neurologists, a psychologist and a back pain specialist.
Mr Townsend’s legal representatives have now written a letter to Tyson representatives outlining their demands. They have even threatened to sue if an agreement is not reached.
However, Tyson’s lawyer rejected the request for a settlement, saying: “I have received a letter regarding the harassment of Mike by an instigator a year ago and the consequences.” “There will be no minimum payment,” said he.
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Notably, Tyson was not prosecuted for hitting Mr. Townsend on the plane. In 2022, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said there would be no charges against the former fighter because he had been provoked by Mr. Townsend before the incident.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion, however, admitted he regretted the incident and claimed he was “irritated and high”. “That’s not me!” he joked when asked about the incident on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Source : www.ndtv.com