Mike Tyson is taken to court by an unidentified woman who claims he raped her in a limousine in the early 1990s. The woman, who is suing the former heavyweight champion in a civil lawsuit, says she was at a New York club called Septembers with a friend in the early 1990s when she met Tyson. “My friend and I were dating him and his limousine driver,” says the woman in her lawsuit, which was filed in Albany County Court the first week of January. “Tyson told us about a party and asked us to join him. My friend was about to deliver her car and Tyson said he would pick her up in the limo.
The woman goes on to state that, once in the limo, Tyson began to approach her. After she told him to stop, the woman says, “Then she took off my pants and violently raped me.” She says the incident has caused her a great deal of physical, emotional and psychological drama. She also states that she wishes to remain anonymous. “Tyson is a famous celebrity and I know I would be attacked by the media and all his friends,” she says. If Tyson is found guilty, he could owe her five million dollars, which is what she’s suing him for. New York allows victims of long-ago sexual assaults to pursue justice through what’s known as the “Adult Survival Act.”
Tyson was found guilty of raping an 18-year-old victim in 1992 and subsequently spent three years in prison. He also admitted to hitting his first wife, TV actress Robin Givens, in the 1980s. Fans, of course, know Tyson primarily from his dominance of the fighting game from the late eighties through the mid nineties. Yet he was notorious for violent antics in the ring that went beyond the rules of the sport known as ‘the sweet science’. Most famously of him, Tyson was disqualified for biting off part of rival Evander Holyfied’s ear in a 1997 bout.
With this in mind, the United States considers innocent citizens of a crime until found guilty. As of press time, neither Tyson nor anyone representing Tyson has commented on the matter.