Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, currently on a tour to promote his autobiography Undisputed Truth, has been barred from entering the United Kingdom.
In December of last year, a new immigration law was passed to prevent anyone who had been given a jail sentence of four years or more due to a previous criminal conviction from entering the country. Tyson was convicted of rape back in 1992 and was given a six-year sentence, three of which he served. According to Harper Collins, the publisher of Tyson’s autobiography, the former boxer wasn’t aware of the immigration law.
Tyson spoke about the situation from Paris:
I have been coming to the UK consistently in the past decade so this change is disheartening since it affects my current entry standing.
I apologize to my fans that were inconvenienced, however, please know I am currently working diligently with the proper authorities to regain access next year for my UK tour.
I have a great deal of respect for the laws of the United Kingdom and will continue taking the proper steps for re-entry (The Guardian).
The British Home Office said that while they won’t “comment on the details of an individual case,” they also “reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone who is convicted of serious criminal offenses.”
[Source: The Guardian]