Mike Tyson has been banned from entering the UK due to a rape conviction.
The former world heavyweight champion boxer was expected in the capital this week as part of a promotional tour for his new autobiography Undisputed Truth, which included a book signing at Waterstones and a photocall with journalists.
However Mike Tyson’s publishers said recent changes to UK immigration laws meant he is not allowed to travel here and will take his promotional tour to Paris instead, (because they’re OK with convicted rapists.)
The 47-year-old announced a one-man show, which is booked for eight nights in March 2014 at venues in London, Glasgow and Manchester. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any more.
In a statement, Mike Tyson said:
I was greatly disappointed when I learned of United Kingdom’s immigration law changes that went into effect December 2012.
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 apologise 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.
The controversial sportsman was convicted in 1992 for the rape of Desiree Washington, a teenage beauty pageant contestant, and served three years of a six-year sentence. He also has a string of other convictions, including assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
The new UK immigration rules state that any person who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the country.