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Ex-boxing champ Vinny Paz turns self in on assault charge

Police in Rhode Island say that ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," has turned himself to face a felony assault charge

Published on January 3, 2018 6:01AM

Last changed on January 3, 2018 10:57AM

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) Police in Rhode Island say that ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film "Bleed for This," has turned himself to face a felony assault charge.


WJAR-TV reports that Paz surrendered Wednesday morning, a day after Providence Police issued an arrest warrant. Paz is accused of beating a man and sending him to the hospital.

Paz was set to be arraigned later in the morning in Providence District Court.

Paz made a series of statements on Twitter and to local media on Tuesday defending his actions and saying that he was the victim. He told WPRI-TV that he got robbed, "and when that happens, you gotta do what you gotta do."



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