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Mike Tyson Faces Another Lawsuit

October 27, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Mike Tyson is facing another legal challenge _ this one from a Las Vegas police officer who claims Tyson struck him during a melee in the ring after his aborted fight with Evander Holyfield.

The lawsuit filed by Thomas Moyer claims the officer was hit by Tyson in the chest as he tried to restrain him in the aftermath of his disqualification for biting Holyfield’s ears.

Tyson’s attorney, Jim Jimmerson, declined specific comment on the suit but said the boxer is often ``a target of individuals filing frivolous lawsuits.″

Moyer, who was working off duty at the time, was assigned to protect Tyson and others ringside at the June 28, 1997, fight.

According to the suit filed Monday in state court, Tyson was irate and tried to hit Moyer in the head but missed. He then swung again and hit him in the chest, causing ``substantial damage, discomfort and injury to the plaintiff for a significant period of time,″ the lawsuit contends.

The suit asks for unspecified damages for physical pain and mental anguish.

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