Mike Tyson gets Australian visa after New Zealand rejection
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Australia has granted Mike Tyson a visa one week after he was barred from entering New Zealand due to his 1992 rape conviction.
A spokeswoman from Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said on Wednesday it had granted the former heavyweight boxing champion an entertainment visa to cover the duration of his five-city Australian tour starting next month.
She said officials carefully weighed the pros and cons of his visit and of his character given his criminal past.
The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy.