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Mike Tyson is dealing with rape allegations from a lady who claims she met the previous skilled boxer throughout an evening out at a New York dance membership within the early Nineteen Nineties.
In an affidavit filed by an anonymous woman in New York’s Albany County Court docket on Jan. 5, she states: “I met Mike Tyson within the early Nineteen Nineties at a dance membership referred to as Septembers. My pal and I have been hanging out with him and his limousine driver. Tyson informed us a couple of get together and requested us to hitch him. My pal was going to drop off her automotive, and Tyson stated he would decide her up within the limousine.”
In response to the affidavit, the girl then bought into Tyson’s automobile and was allegedly touched by the skilled boxer.
“I informed him no a number of occasions and requested him to cease, however he continued to assault me. He then pulled my pants off and violently raped me,” her assertion continues.
The courtroom paperwork add that the girl is searching for $5 million in damages that embrace “bodily, psychological, and emotional damage.”
The lawsuit was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which Governor Kathy Hochul signed into legislation final yr. Beneath the regulation, “a one-year lookback window” is given to “survivors of sexual assault that occurred after they have been over the age of 18 to sue their abusers no matter when the abuse occurred.”
A consultant for Tyson, 56, didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
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Tyson made a name for himself in boxing after holding the undisputed world heavyweight championship from 1987 to 1990. His first win at 20 made him the youngest participant to retain the title.
Whereas nonetheless acknowledged as one of the greatest in his sport, his private life has been riddled with controversy, together with accusations from his first spouse, Robin Givens, that he was bodily abusive. He candidly admitted that the claims have been legitimate, telling Oprah Winfrey on her present in 2009, “I’ve socked her earlier than, and she or he socked me earlier than, as effectively. It was simply that sort of relationship.”
Different factors of legal trouble for Tyson included a 1992 rape conviction for which he served three years in jail, biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear throughout a 1997 re-match, a jail stint in 1999 for assaulting two motorists, and once more — briefly — in 2007 for possession of cocaine and driving under the influence.
Should you or somebody you recognize has been sexually assaulted, please contact the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.