FILE - In this May 4, 2017 file photo, Mike Tyson gives an interview to The Associated Press, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Chilean authorities said Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, that the former heavyweight champion has been denied entry to the country and is being sent back to the U.S. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Mike Tyson sent back to the US after Chile denies entry

November 09, 2017 - 12:01 pm

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities say they've denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry to the country and are sending him back to the U.S.

Chile's equivalent of the FBI said Thursday that Tyson doesn't meet requirements for entry, apparently due to his criminal record. 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.

The Chilean Police of Investigations also said in a tweet that Interpol agents would escort him to a flight back to the U.S. in the evening.

Tyson came to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a TV channel.

In 2013, he was forced to scrap promotional appearances in London because the convictions barred him from entering Britain.

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