Former boxing great Mike Tyson was on Thursday barred from entering Chile due to his criminal record, police at the country’s airport said.
Immigration police at Santiago international airport tweeted a photo of the 51-year-old former heavyweight champion being escorted by officers “re-embarking” him.
It said he was being deported for “not complying with immigration law.”
Local media had reported that the former world heavyweight champion was planning to attend an awards ceremony for action films taking place in Santiago, Chile’s capital.
“Detectives from the International Police are re-boarding Mike Tyson for not complying with immigration law,” the PDI said on its verified Twitter account on Thursday, alongside a photograph of Tyson walking in an airport with two individuals wearing PDI jackets.
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The PDI did not specify which part of the law Tyson did not comply with, but it stated that the police 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 a teenaged beauty pageant contestant in his hotel room in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was sentenced to six years in prison but released on parole after serving three.
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.