Mike Tyson barred from en­ter­ing Chile

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

SANTIAGO - For­mer box­ing great Mike Tyson was barred from en­ter­ing Chile on Thurs­day be­cause of his crim­i­nal record, air­port po­lice said.

Im­mi­gra­tion po­lice at Santiago in­ter­na­tional air­port tweeted a photo of the 51-year-old for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion be­ing es­corted by of­fi­cers 'reem­bark­ing' him. It said he was be­ing de­ported for 'not com­ply­ing with im­mi­gra­tion law.

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.’ In 1992, Tyson was con­victed of rap­ing teenage 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.

His crim­i­nal record also in­cludes con­vic­tions for as­sault and co­caine pos­ses­sion. The Amer­i­can had trav­elled to Chile to take part in an awards cer­e­mony for ac­tion films tak­ing place in Santiago, the coun­try's cap­i­tal.

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.

And In 2012, New Zealand re­voked an en­try visa for Tyson af­ter a char­ity that was go­ing to ben­e­fit from his visit dropped its sup­port due to his rape con­vic­tion.

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