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MAN FILES $450,000 LAWSUIT AGAINST MIKE TYSON FOR PUNCHING HIM

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Melvin Townsend, the man punched by Mike Tyson on a plane in April 2022, is seeking $450,000 in damages from the boxer. Townsend’s attorney told TMZ that his client has been dealing with various injuries since the attack, “including a concussion, cervical radiculopathy, and impaired vision.”

Mike Tyson’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, dismissed the lawsuit as a “shakedown” and stated that “absolutely no payment will be forthcoming.”

The incident occurred on a Jet Blue flight back in April 2022 after Townsend reportedly threw a water bottle at Tyson and repeatedly annoyed him.

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Tyson in May 2022, citing “the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr. Tyson.”

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The lawsuit is the latest development in a case that has captivated the public for months. It remains to be seen whether Townsend will be successful in his lawsuit against Tyson.

Here are some additional details about the case:

The incident occurred on a Jet Blue flight from San Francisco to Florida. Tyson was reportedly seated behind Townsend. Townsend allegedly threw a water bottle at Tyson and repeatedly annoyed him. Tyson then punched Townsend in the face.

Townsend sustained a concussion, cervical radiculopathy, and impaired vision. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Tyson. Townsend is seeking $450,000 in damages.
Tyson’s lawyer has called the lawsuit a “shakedown.

It is important to note that the lawsuit is still pending and that no decision has been made in the case.

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