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TYSON TO SETTLE DISPUTE; FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES

Mike Tyson has fended off a lawsuit by negotiating a settlement with two men who say the former heavyweight champion attacked them following a fender bender.

They have "agreed in principal" to settle the dispute, said Glenn Culpepper, an attorney for Abmielec Saucedo, who claims Tyson punched him in the face.

The other man, Richard Hardick, told police Tyson kicked him in the groin following a minor traffic accident Aug. 31 involving Tyson's wife, Monica, in the Washington suburb of Gaithersburg, Md.

The deal was struck to avoid litigation, Culpepper said Monday. But he added, "Everything's not finalized until all the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted."

Terms were not disclosed. Tyson still faces criminal misdemeanor assault charges, and is scheduled to stand trial in Rockville, Md., on Dec. 1.

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