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Tyson banned from Britain due to prison past

Dec. 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain, his publisher said.

Tyson was forced to scrap appearances in Britain as a result of the ban, The Mirror reported. He was due in London this week to promote his new biography, "Undisputed Truth."

Under new rules, Britain bars entry to anyone sentenced for more than four years in prison. Tyson was convicted of rape in the United States in 1992 of an ex-beauty queen, and served a 6-year sentence. He was also convicted of assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

The Mirror said Tyson's tour has been rerouted to Paris.

A spokesman for Tyson's publisher, HarperCollins, said: "There was a change in the U.K. immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware. For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the U.K."

Tyson was scheduled to come to Britain again in March with his one-man Broadway show, directed by Spike Lee.

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