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Mike Tyson forced to scrap UK appearances as previous convictions bar UK entry

FILE - In this May 17, 2008 file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson poses at the photo call for the film "Tyson" during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Mike Tyson has scrapped promotional appearances in London because previous convictions bar him from entering Britain. His publisher said in a statement Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 that it had been "unaware" of recent changes to U.K. immigration law and for that reason Tyson had to reroute to Paris. Under Britain's immigration rules, anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the country. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
December 10, 2013 - 9:32 AM

LONDON - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has scrapped promotional appearances in London because previous convictions bar him from entering Britain.

Tyson, 47, was due in London this week as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography "Undisputed Truth."

His publisher, HarperCollins U.K., said in a statement Tuesday that it had been "unaware" of recent changes to U.K. immigration law and for that reason Tyson had to reroute to Paris.

Under Britain's immigration rules, anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the country.

Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. He also has been convicted of assault and cocaine possession.

Britain's Home Office declined to comment on Tyson.

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