UK bans Tyson because of ’92 rape conviction

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Former boxing champion Mike Tyson has been forced to cancel a number of press events in London after U.K. immigration officials banned him from entering the country due to his 1992 rape conviction.

Mike Tyson is shown onstage in his one-man show “Undisputed Truth.’’

Mike Tyson is shown onstage in his one-man show “Undisputed Truth.’’

The new Broadway star was due to promote his autobiography “Undisputed Truth’’ in the city this week, but a change in British immigration laws means anyone who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entry. Tyson served half of a six-year sentence for the 1992 conviction.

As a result, Iron Mike has instead headed to Paris to salvage his European book tour, which was expected to include a London book signing and a question-and-answer session with fans in a boxing ring.

A spokesman for the book’s publishers HarperCollins says, “There was a change in the U.K. immigration law in December 2012 of which we were unaware.”

The immigration change has also put his 2014 U.K. stage production of his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” in jeopardy. The 47-year-old was due to begin a touring production of his Broadway hit in March.

Producers and director Spike Lee have yet to issue a statement about how the law will affect their plans.

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