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Tyson Looks To Settle Crash Dispute

October 1, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Mike Tyson is heading toward his third relicensing hearing later this month, with a couple of legal obstacles still to resolve.

One involves Tyson’s alleged attack on two men following a traffic accident in Maryland. The other centers on whether his psychological records will be made public.

Tyson’s attorneys have begun talks to reach a settlement with the two men who claim he assaulted them following the Aug. 31 accident. Nevada boxing commissioners have said they want to question Tyson about the incident when they meet again to decide his boxing future.

A Saturday hearing before the Nevada Athletic Commission was postponed while Tyson’s attorneys negotiate the Maryland incident and put together the psychological records that were supposed to reach the commission by Monday.

A date for a new hearing has not been set, but Oct. 19 has been presented to both sides as a possible time.

Nevada authorities plan to release the psychological records to the public unless Tyson’s attorneys go to court to block such a release. Deputy Attorney General Kirk Hendrick said he expected a court challenge from Tyson’s attorneys.

Two Nevada boxing commissioners said they want to know what happens in Maryland before they vote on giving Tyson a license.

``Hopefully, this will all be resolved before the hearing,″ Tyson adviser Jeff Wald said. ``We’re going to try to deal with it before then.″

Tyson refused to answer questions about the matter at his Sept. 19 hearing before the Nevada commission.

But with commissioners now on the record saying they want answers before giving Tyson a new license, the boxer’s lawyers have begun negotiations on a settlement.

Richard Hardick, 50, says Tyson kicked him in the groin after Hardick’s car rear-ended a Mercedes driven by Tyson’s wife, Monica, Aug. 31 in a Maryland suburb. Hardick and Abmielec Saucedo, 62, who said Tyson punched him in the face, have filed criminal complaints.

Hardick’s attorney, Roger Titus, confirmed Wednesday that he talked to Tyson’s lawyers about a possible settlement, but that no agreement was reached.

``I have talked as I would in any case,″ Titus said. ``In any civil case, settlement is always a possibility.″

Even if Tyson settles with the two men, Maryland prosecutors could go ahead with criminal charges, Titus said.

Wald said clearing up this dispute means more to Tyson than just a return of the license he lost for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears last year.

Tyson is still on probation from his rape conviction in Indiana and could conceivably be returned to prison if convicted of another crime.

``The impact on Mike’s life if there were charges in this incident far exceeds his boxing license,″ Wald said. ``It comes to the matter of his freedom.″

Wald said Tyson would not give up his right to presumed innocence by talking about the incident before the commission.

Others close to Tyson, who asked not to be identified, said any settlement would not be especially lucrative for the two men, even if they believe they have leverage over Tyson because of the pending commission vote.

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