The man Mike Tyson repeatedly punched and bloodied on a JetBlue plane last week has lawyered up.

The attorney representing the punching victim, Melvin Townsend III, told TMZ his client was overly excited to see Mike Tyson.

TMZ reported:

The man Mike Tyson repeatedly punched on a JetBlue plane has lawyered up, and the attorney’s first thoughts are suggesting a lawsuit might not be far away.

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Attorney Matt Morgan from Morgan & Morgan, who reps Melvin Townsend III, tells TMZ, “Our client is a big Mike Tyson fan. When Mike Tyson boarded the plane, he became overly excited. At first, their interaction was cordial.”

He goes on … “At a certain point, Mr. Tyson clearly became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him in an excessive manner. This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting the flight attendant. Our client denies throwing a water bottle prior to being struck by Mr. Tyson.”

Attorney Morgan says, “To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have exercised greater restraint before using his hands on an overly excited fan.”

A source directly connected to Townsend says he, “Is still in shock and has not made a determination on what his next steps will be. He hired counsel due to his physical injuries, the overwhelming nature of this event and the associated media inquiries.”

Mike Tyson repeatedly punched Townsend on a JetBlue flight scheduled to take off from San Francisco Wednesday night.

Townsend was reportedly intoxicated and wouldn’t stop taunting and provoking Mike Tyson.

According to TMZ, Townsend threw a water bottle at Mike Tyson before the boxer pummeled him.

After asking the Townsend to ‘chill,’ Tyson, 55, lost his cool and began punching the man in the face.


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