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Spike Lee to Direct Mike Tyson in Broadway One-Man Show

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mike Tyson is heading to Broadway.  The former Heavyweight champ and controversial personality is doing a limited engagement one-man show about his life, called "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth."

At a press conference Monday announcing the show, Tyson described "The Undisputed Truth" as the raw tale of his life.

"It's about me being on stage and being pretty raw.  Not necessarily raw in a vulgar sense … I'm just naked and vulnerable, and I'm just telling you who I am and where I'm from and how this happened and how I lose all this damn money and how I had all these children and how I go to prison and, you know, you know what happened guys, right?" he said.

Spike Lee makes his Broadway directorial debut with "The Undisputed Truth."  At Monday's press conference, Lee discussed how brave he thinks Tyson is for doing the show.

"It takes courage to get into the ring, but it takes courage to get onto the stage," Lee said. "Denzel's not playing Mike, it's not Sam Jackson. It's Mike Tyson, in person, on stage. That takes a lot of courage."

Though Tyson and Lee promise the show will be honest and Tyson will be vulnerable, the two appeared to have a slight disagreement at Monday's press conference over just how far Tyson is willing to go.

"I have to be careful because I can't stay on some subjects for a long time.  I can't stay … for a long time because I might cry, something might happen," said Tyson.

"But crying's alright, though," Lee said.

"Sometimes maybe -- maybe not," Tyson responded, adding, "It depends on who's crying."

"We can go there, Mike, It's OK. It's the stage," Lee said.

"Right," Tyson finally resigned.

So what will audiences learn when they see the show?

"They'll find out that my mother is a prostitute, my father's a pimp and I come from a real, um, this -- I don't know what -- the sex worker world and stuff, you know.  That's why I look at the world from a different perspective than most people when I was a young kid," Tyson said.

The former boxer said the show is part of his effort to move his life in a positive direction.

"This is just me and my wife wanted to do -- this is what we decided to do after I gave up using drugs and being a pig and stuff, right, so this is what we decided we were going to [live] on this kind of level.  Just keep it moving and doing positive things," he said.

The show will run six times between July 31 and Aug. 5.

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Justin Bieber Trained with Mike Tyson Before Photog Scuffle

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days before his scuffle with a photographer Sunday, Justin Bieber learned some boxing moves from heavyweight champ Mike Tyson himself.

A video of Bieber getting a lesson from Tyson has gone viral on YouTube. Tyson also posted a photo of him posing with the singer before they started training.

It’s not clear whether Bieber used some of the moves he learned on a photographer who was trying to snap pictures of the singer and his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez. But now, the teen pop singer is being investigated for battery, according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Police tell ABC News that Bieber has still not come forward for questioning after the alleged knock-down blow-up that left the singer without a shoe and his girlfriend Selena Gomez picking up his hat. It's probably because he's currently in Norway on a promotional tour for his upcoming album Believe.

The photographer, who has not been identified, said Bieber struck him in the face as the mega couple exited a shopping center in Calabasas, Calif., on a Sunday afternoon movie date. Witnesses told ABC News that the photographer was blocking Bieber’s car, leading to the star’s reaction.

“They were stopping him from leaving the parking lot and that made him really mad,” witness Summer Janis told ABC News.

Bieber and Gomez left before the authorities could arrive, KABC reported. But the photographer complained of pain and insisted on an ambulance. He also filed a police report, alleging battery by the 18-year-old singer, but sources tell TMZ he only did so after a lawyer passing by suggested that he could get some money out of it.

Sheriff’s officials said the photographer was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and  released.

Bieber has not commented on the confrontation but took to Twitter early Monday morning to say, “gonna focus on the important stuff, the music.”

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Mike Tyson, Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, TMZ reports.

The website reports Iron Mike will be inducted on March 31 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  The ceremony will take place one day ahead of WrestleMania XXVIII.

Tyson tells TMZ, “I am honored to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, but the most fun I ever had in the ring was with WWE.”

The boxer’s relationship with the WWE dates from 1998 when he served as special enforcer at WrestleMania XIV.  He hosted Monday Night Raw last year.

Tyson joins several other non-wrestlers in the WWE Hall of Fame, including Drew Carey and Pete Rose.

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Report: Intruder Broke into Mike Tyson's Hotel Room While Boxer Slept

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) -- An intruder with an apparent death wish broke into Mike Tyson’s hotel room in Las Vegas this past Saturday while the boxer was sleeping, TMZ reports.

Sources say Tyson was sound asleep in his room at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas when he suddenly awoke to some rustling sounds and spotted a lit flashlight in the room. By the time the former heavyweight champ realized it was an intruder, the suspect had already fled.

Sources tell TMZ hotel security is investigating the incident, but nothing was reported stolen from the room.

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Snooki, Rob Kardashian in Talks for 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is in negotiations to be a contestant on season 13 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, sources tell the new issue of Us Weekly.

Rob Kardashian is also said to be in discussions with the network.  He's the 24-year-old younger brother of former DWTS contestant Kim Kardashian.

The source also said boxer Mike Tyson and R&B singer Christina Milian are potential candidates.  However, Tyson's rep said the report is "not true."

Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 19 on ABC.

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Kathy Griffin, Mike Tyson, Reggie Bush Slated for New Reality Series

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS has revealed the identities of a few of the celebrities who will take part in its new reality series, Same Name.

Kathy Griffin, Mike Tyson, and football player Reggie Bush will star on the show, in which celebrities trade lives with people who share the same name as they.

David Hasselhoff will be featured in the season premiere, airing July 24.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Wants John Stamos on Show

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff wouldn't mind doing the cha cha with John Stamos on the ABC competition.

She told she'd like to partner with him on the show, explaining, "I think he's got the looks, he's got the experience of being onstage, doing Broadway."

Smirnoff also believes Mike Tyson, who has performed on international TV dancing shows, would be a "great addition" to Dancing with the Stars because of his "colorful history."

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Tattoo Artist Settles 'Hangover Part II' Lawsuit

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. has reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought by a tattoo artist who claims the tattoo seen on Ed Helms' face in The Hangover Part II represents copyright infringement.

S. Victor Whitmill argued that he did not grant permission to producers to recreate the tattoo, which he inked exclusively on Mike Tyson's face.

According to E! Online, both sides announced Monday it has resolved the dispute, without going into details. However, the agreement means that the tattoo will not have to be digitally removed from Helms' face for the DVD release of The Hangover Part II.

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Tattoo Suit Won't Stall 'Hangover 2' Opening

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(ST. LOUIS) -- A federal judge has ruled that The Hangover: Part II can open in theatres on Thursday, but said a copyright lawsuit over Mike Tyson's face tattoo duplicated in the movie would be allowed to go forward.

A trial opened Monday in St. Louis threatened to stall the film's opening, but experts say the ongoing case could still shed new light on the murky corners of copyright law.

"We are very gratified by the Court's decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, The Hangover: Part II to be released on schedule this week around the world," Warner Brothers, the production company behind the film said in a statement.

In the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, actor Ed Helms wakes up in Bangkok after a night of heavy drinking with a face tattoo that very closely resembles that of boxer Mike Tyson, who also appears in the film.

Although the film will roll on, so to will the lawsuit, spawning an interesting legal conundrum that sounds like a joke straight out of the upcoming comedy: who owns the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face?

S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who designed the tattoo and who inked Tyson's face in 2003, filed a lawsuit in April at the federal court in St. Louis, arguing that Warner Brothers, the company producing the film, had violated his copyright.

The reproduction of Helms' face amounts to "reckless copyright infringement" according to the suit.

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Mike Tyson Dances On Argentina TV Show

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina) -- Mike Tyson was never known as a boxer who danced like a butterfly in the ring, but he apparently has fancy footwork on the dance floor.

The Daily Mail reports the 44-year-old Tyson and his wife, Lakhia Spicer, made their debut this week on Bailando 2011, Argentina’s reality dance series.  The pair is competing against 30 other celebrities on the show.

The newspaper says the couple wowed the judges in their debut with a salsa.

Mike Tyson appeared on an Italian reality dance show last year.

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