PHOENIX (AP) _ Mike Tyson's lawyer said the former heavyweight champion was given permission by a judge Thursday to travel outside of Arizona and California while his drug charges are pending.
Tyson had only been allowed to leave Arizona for addiction treatment in California. He faces charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs following an arrest in Scottsdale last year.
Attorney David Chesnoff said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens has allowed Tyson to travel outside those states if he gives three days' notice and gets approval from county prosecutors.
Tyson didn't attend Thursday's hearing. Another Tyson lawyer, Thomas Marlowe, appeared instead. Another court hearing is scheduled for July 9, and trial is set for Aug. 20.
The former boxing champ has at least one reason for wanting to travel: He is set to dance to Indian pop music in a promotional video for ``Fool and Final,'' an upcoming comedy. Tyson is expected to shoot the promo in India, although an exact date for the filming hasn't been announced.
However, Chesnoff said he's not sure if the judge would allow Tyson to leave the United States. ``The agreement doesn't say anything about leaving the country,'' he said.
Tyson was arrested last year outside a Scottsdale night club. Officers said they found bags of cocaine in his pockets and in his car.
Tyson was imprisoned for three years after a 1992 rape conviction in Indiana and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in Maryland in 1999.