updated 11/12/2009 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/12/2009 AT 4:10 PM ET
It may come down to a tale of the videotape.
A publicist for Mike Tyson says the former boxing champ was merely defending his wife and 10-month-old child after an altercation with an overaggressive photographer at LAX on Wednesday.
“Mike acted in self-defense as a father protecting his child,” said Tyson’s spokeswoman Tammy Brook.