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An attorney for the Jet Blue passenger who was repeatedly punched in the face by Mike Tyson says the former heavyweight champion used excessive force.

Attorney Matt Morgan wants Tyson, 55, to pay for beating down his client, Melvin Townsend III, on a flight from San Francisco to Florida on Wednesday.

Tyson's team tells TMZ, Townsend harassed the ex-pugilist and even threw a water bottle at him. And that's why Tyson cleaned Townsend's clock.

Cell phone video shows Townsend sitting behind Tyson on the flight. At times he hovering over the back of Tyson's seat and seemed to be badgering the people's champ.

Morgan 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... 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."

Tyson's team told TMZ Townsend had thrown a bottle at him - and that's why Tyson cleaned the guy's clock.

Tyson's fury left Townsend's face bloody, but he declined to press charges against the former boxer.

A source tells TMZ that Townsend "Is still in shock" and weighing his next move. He hired a lawyer due to his physical injuries and to handle the avalanche of media requests for comment.

TMZ did some digging, and Townsend is no angel. In fact, he has an extensive criminal history.

The 36-year-old has been convicted of fraud, grand theft, burglary, possession of controlled substances and trafficking in stolen property, TMZ reports.

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A Jet Blue passenger was repeatedly punched in the face by former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

TMZ reports the incident happened on a Jet Blue flight from San Francisco International Airport to Florida on Wednesday.

"A witness on the plane says as he and his friend were boarding Tyson’s flight ... the boxing legend was initially cool with them and the other passengers.

Eventually, though, we're told Tyson had enough of the guy behind him talking in his ear ... and told him to chill. When the guy didn't, that's when the witness says Tyson started to throw several punches at the man's face."

Video obtained by TMZ shows the brutal beatdown which left the man bloodied. Mike Tyson then calmly walked off the plane just seconds later.

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Tyson was recently involved in a harrowing incident last month when a deranged man pulled out a gun at a comedy club.

The man reportedly challenged Tyson to a fight so he could "upgrade" his "status."

"All I need is you. All I need is you," the man said to Tyson before the show's host shoved him away.

Then the man pulled out a gun but Tyson remained calm and gave the guy a bear hug as patrons ran for their lives.

The man begged Tyson not to call the police, according to The NY Post. The LAPD did not receive a call about the incident.

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Quincy Brown, son of the late model Kim Porter and singer Al B. Sure!, claims a JetBlue pilot "grabbed" and "dragged" him during a dispute over a bag.

The 30-year-old actor/singer took to social media on Monday to share his account of the "uncalled for" incident.

"WHAT A FAKKIN FLIGHT," Sean Combs' stepson tweeted. "SMH @JetBlue y'all pilot out of pocket for putting his hands on me!! #jetblue."

Quincy said the argument was over a small carry on bag that his assistant carried. The bag held his diabetic medicine and jewelry. Q said the pilot assaulted him when he refused to check the bag.

In an Instagram video, Quincy said:

"The pilot put his hands on me. Why? Because my bag, which fits in my pocket damn near, they claimed it didn't fit. My assistant had my bag. I was on the plane already. They wouldn't let him bring it on. He gets on the plane. I let him know I need my bag. That's not a bag to check. It has my medication. It has my personal [items]. It has my jewelry. It literally has everything that's my personal belongings."

He said the JetBlue pilot refused to let him board with the bag, and a loud argument ensued. The pilot then allegedly "grabbed” Q and "dragged" him off the plane and onto the airline bridge.

"That's when I got my phone out. I didn't knock him out," said Quincy. "Everything was just uncalled for. I never had no pilot put his hands on me..."

Q posted a cell phon photo of the pilot on Instagram. The pilot was identified as Todd Papesh in a Linkedin profile.

An airline official can be heard apologizing to Quincy in the video.

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A remark about civil rights activist Rosa Parks sparked a violent altercation on a Delta Airlines flight on December 3.

According to federal court records, Patricia Cornwall injured passengers and flight attendants during an altercation on flight 2790 from Tampa to Atlanta.
 
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Cornwall, 51, was making her way from the restroom back to her seat near the front of the plane when her path was blocked by a flight attendant's cart in the narrow aisle.

The flight attendant asked Cornwall to take an empty seat in the back until she was done serving passengers. Cornwall, who is white, replied, "What am I, Rosa Parks?"

An 80-year-old passenger sitting nearby took offense to Cornwall's remark and told her that she "isn't black... this isn't Alabama and this isn't a bus."

A viral video, shared on Twitter by ATL Uncensored, shows what happened next.

Cornwall became irate and snapped at the older gentleman who had pulled his face mask down to eat.

"Put your f****** mask on," she said.

"Sit down Karen. You're a God d***ed Karen, sit down," said the man, using a pejorative term for angry white women.

"Don't you dare talk to me like that... stand your a** up," said Cornwall, who then proceeded to slap and spit on the unidentified passenger.

Cornwall was restrained by other passengers until the plane landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport. The FBI took her into custody since she was in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 113(a)(4), assault on board a plane.

According to Heavy.com, Cornwall was released on $20,000 unsecured bond during a court hearing on Monday, Dec. 27.

She is banned from traveling on major airlines, except for her flight back home to California. She can also fly back to Georgia for future court appearances, as long as she takes her anxiety medications.

According to Heavy.com, Cornwall is a luxury realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in California. She is a former Playboy model and former Raiders cheerleader. She also appeared in a 1990s episode of "Baywatch" under the name Patty Breton.

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White House advisor Anthony Fauci says a fourth booster shot will be necessary in the new year to combat the mild Omicron variant.

"It's conceivable that, sooner or later, that everybody will have been infected and/or vaccinated or boosted," Fauci told Axios.

"When you get to that point, unless you have a very bizarre variant come in that evades all protection — which would be unusual — then I think you could get to that point where you have this at a steady level."

Fauci also warned that airline CEOs should not consider ending the face mask policy. Major airlines are reconsidering their face mask policies amid ongoing mask-related violence aboard planes.

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Patricia Cornwall was arrested Thursday by the FBI after she slapped and spat on an 80-year-old passenger who pulled his mask down to eat.

Cornwall, who also pulled her mask down, was seen on cell phone video yelling at the man to "put on your f---king mask". Passengers restrained Cornwall in the back of the plane until the Delta flight from Tampa landed in Atlanta.

Cornwall, who is still in FBI custody, had an initial hearing on Monday at the Federal Courthouse in Atlanta.
 

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An irate woman was detained by Atlanta police and questioned by the FBI after she slapped an elderly passenger who pulled down his mask to drink water.

According to Atlanta police, an "unruly passenger" slapped another passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Tampa to Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport on Dec. 23.

Cell phone video uploaded by ATL Uncensored shows an enraged woman screaming at an elderly male passenger to put his mask on.

The man apparently pulled his mask down below his chin to eat or drink.

The female passenger, who also had her mask pulled down, appears to slap or punch the man after he called her "Karen" - a pejorative term for rude or obnoxious women.

Other passengers assisted the flight attendants when the woman refused to return to her seat.
 
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After the flight landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, the woman was detained by Atlanta police. The FBI took over the investigation since the incident happened during a flight.

Major airlines have reported an increase of in-flight incidents following two years of non-stop fear mongering by the mainstream news media.

There have been thousands of mask-related incidents involving irate passengers punching flight attendants or other passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received 4,156 reports of mask-related incidents on board planes this year.

The Transportation Security Administration has a zero tolerance policy for passengers causing disturbances during flights.

The TSA recently announced stiff fines for passengers who act out during flights. Unruly passengers could also lose their pre-check privileges or be banned from airlines.

Some airline CEOs are reconsidering their face mask policies as the rise in violent incidents continue.
 

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The headline isn't true, but inquiring minds want to know why our people have a habit of brawling in public spaces.

Two separate brawls occurred at Miami International Airport last week. No one knows what triggered the fisticuffs. Concerned Caucasian passengers screamed at the combatants: "STOP IT! You're gonna get in trouble!"

No one wants to see more Black men dead or end up in prison. Security eventually showed up, but they stood around and did nothing to break up the fights.

Social experts who study such trends believe the increase in fights at airports is directly related to excess government benefits. Unemployment and stimulus checks allows more freedom for people who would normally stay home and fight.

A record 34% of household income in 2021 comes from government benefits.

If the Miami brawls weren't bad enough, two brawls broke at Chicago's O'Hare Airport this week.

This time the combatants were Black women. Hair extensions and wigs littered the concourse as the two groups of women fought.

Once again, concerned white people stepped in to break up the fights.

Watch the video below.

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A woman was tasered on a Spirit Airlines plane during a brawl over face masks. Video footage recorded by another passenger shows a woman in a striped shirt throwing punches at passengers who complained about her not wearing a mask.

The woman, later identified as Nyasy Veronique Payne, was tasered by police who boarded the plane after it landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.

Payne, who wore a mask under her chin, was traveling with a female companion who is seen in the video attempting to break up the fight.

"Stop! Stop! Calm down! she is heard screaming in the video. Payne is seen climbing on seats and swimming wildly at a man in a white T-shirt.

The other passengers described the male-identified lesbian as "aggressive, hostile and defiant" during the flight.

Payne was arrested and booked into jail, where she is being held on $150,000 bail.

Fights over face masks have become a common occurrence on domestic and international commercial flights amid the coronavirus outbreak.

All U.S. based airlines require passengers to wear face masks over their noses and mouths throughout the duration of the flight.