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Ex-boxing champ Vinny Paz appears in court on assault charge

Ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz has been released after turning himself in on a felony assault charge in Rhode Island

Published on January 3, 2018 8:30AM

Last changed on January 3, 2018 1:24PM

Vinny Paz appears in court for assault charges on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.   The retired boxing champion whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film

The Associated Press

Vinny Paz appears in court for assault charges on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. The retired boxing champion whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital. (Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, former boxer Vinny Paz, subject of the film

The Associated Press

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, former boxer Vinny Paz, subject of the film "Bleed for This," poses at the premiere of the film in Beverly Hills, Calif. Retired boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital. Providence police say they were called to a home early Tuesday morning, Jan . 2, 2018. They say when officers arrived, witnesses told them Paz had accused a friend of stealing $16,000 and then assaulted him. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz has been released after turning himself in on a felony assault charge in Rhode Island.

Paz, a five-time world champion, is known for his comeback story after a car crash, which was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This." He is accused of biting a man, knocking out his teeth and sending him to the hospital.

He appeared in Providence District Court on Wednesday, not long after turning himself in on a warrant issued Tuesday. He did not enter a plea and was released on personal recognizance.

Witnesses told police that Paz accused the man of stealing $16,000. The retired champ made a series of statements on Tuesday defending his actions. He told WPRI-TV that he got robbed, "and when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do."



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