Originally created 04/24/98

Tyson gets permission to head overseas



INDIANAPOLIS -- A Marion County judge has given former boxer Mike Tyson permission to attend a royal gala ball he was invited to by the prince of Monaco.

As part of his probation for a 1992 rape conviction, Tyson has to request Judge Patricia J. Gifford's permission to travel overseas. She ruled last Friday that Tyson may go on the trip with his wife, Dr. Monica Turner-Tyson. The hitch: He must give his passport back to court after he returns home.

Tyson's passport has been in the possession of the court since travel restrictions were placed on him as part of his probation.

He was invited by the prince of Monaco to attend the ball May 5. Tyson, 31, also has been invited to be a presenter at the World Music Awards in Monaco.

He has about one more year to serve on his probation.

Tyson was banned from boxing last July when he bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout.