A woman is suing boxing legend Mike Tyson, accusing him of violently raping her in a limo after the two met at a popular Albany nightclub in the early 1990s.
The anonymous plaintiff, who is seeking $5 million in damages, alleges in her lawsuit filed in Albany this month that she suffered “physical, psychological and emotional harm” over the years as a result of the rape.
The woman’s affidavit does not provide an exact date for the alleged attack, but only states that it happened in the early 1990s – around the same time that beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington 18, said the former heavyweight champion raped her in Indianapolis.
Tyson, 56, was convicted of raping Washington on February 10, 1992 and served three years in prison. He firmly maintained his innocence in this case.
The lawsuit in upstate New York was filed under the state’s recently passed Adult Survivors Act, which gives victims of sexual assault a year to sue. prosecutions for attacks that occurred years or even decades ago.
The alleged victim said in her affidavit that she met Tyson at a local hotspot then called “Septembers” and then got into his limo after offering to pick up her friend and take them both to a Party. She claimed the boxer immediately started touching her and trying to kiss her.
“I told him no several times and asked him to stop, but he kept attacking me,” the woman said. “He then took my pants off and violently raped me.”
The document does not say whether Tyson’s driver was inside the vehicle at the time of the alleged rape, or whether the limo was parked or moving.
The woman is seeking to maintain her anonymity because, she said, the publication of her name “would certainly present to me a risk of further mental harm, harassment, ridicule or personal embarrassment.”
The plaintiff’s attorney, Darren Seilback, said in a separate filing that his office didn’t just take the woman at her word, but thoroughly investigated her allegations and determined they were “highly credible.”
Tyson rose to worldwide fame as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990, but his life outside the ring was marred and marred by a host of controversies and his struggles with addiction.
Tyson’s first ex-wife, actress Robin Givens, said in divorce papers that their brief marriage in the late 1980s was characterized by “unprovoked bouts of violence and destruction.”
His second wife, Monica Turner, filed for divorce from the athlete in 2002, accusing him of adultery during their six-year marriage.
Tyson married his third wife, Monica Spicer, 44, in 2009 shortly after he was released from prison for fraud. The couple have two children together and Tyson also has five older children from his previous relationships.
With post wires