Mike Tyson barred from entering Chile
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.