A New York woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, accusing the former American boxing champion of raping her in a limousine in the early 1990s, according to court documents.
The woman, who asked the court not to be named, filed the lawsuit in early January under a New York state temporary law that allows victims of sexual assault to seek civil damages regardless of statute of limitations.
Claims $5 million in damages
Tyson spent three years in prison, starting in 1992, after being convicted of raping 18-year-old model Desiree Washington.
In a brief statement dated Dec. 23, the woman said she met the boxer at a nightclub “in the early 1990s” and then followed him in a limousine, where she said he assaulted her before raping her.
“I suffered and continue to suffer physical, psychological and emotional injuries as a result of Tyson’s rape,” he said, noting that he is seeking $5 million in damages.
Tyson had no comment on the lawsuit late on Tuesday.
He bit off his rival’s ear and tore off part of it.
Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Tyson had a turbulent childhood before becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the 1980s, terrifying opponents in the ring with his combativeness and enormous punching power.
Tyson was arrested on suspicion of rape in 1991 and the following year was sentenced to three years in prison before being released and returning to the ring.
Upon his return, he regained the world title, but then lost twice to his compatriot Evander Holyfield, once in a fight in November 1996, which is considered one of the most famous in the history of modern boxing, as he was disqualified. He fought and was banned for 18 months after biting off an opponent’s ear and tearing part of it off.
He tried to regain the world title in 2002, but lost to Briton Lennox Lewis and was forced to retire in 2005 after losing to Irishman Mike McBride. He returned to the arena after 15 years, aged 54, to fight in an exhibition match against compatriot Roy Jones Jr., which ended in a draw.
Tyson continued to make headlines for his depression and addiction, particularly in a one-man show chronicling the many ups and downs of his life.
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