Mike Tyson has been accused of rape by a woman who claims she met the former professional boxer one night at a New York disco in the early 1990s.
In an affidavit filed by an anonymous woman in New York’s Albany District Court on January 5, she stated: “I met Mike Tyson in the early 1990s at a dance club called Septembers. My girlfriend and I were hanging out there and Tyson told us he was going to some kind of party and invited us to join him. We arranged for the girlfriend to leave her car and Tyson put us in the limo,” said the lady in question.
According to her, she got into Tyson’s car, where the boxer began to touch her.
“I told him no several times and asked him to stop, but he continued to attack me. He then removed my pants and brutally raped me,” her statement read.
According to court documents, the woman is seeking $5 million in damages, which include “physical, psychological and emotional injuries.”
The lawsuit was filed under the Victims of Crime Act, which New York Gov. Cathy Hoechl signed last year. According to it, a “one-year look-back window” is given to “survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers, regardless of when the abuse took place,” People reported.
A representative for Tyson, 56, has yet to comment. Although he is still recognized as one of the greatest in his sport, his personal life has been fraught with controversy, including allegations by his first wife, Robin Givens, that he was physically abusive.
The boxer has had a run-in with the law on another occasion. This includes a 1992 rape conviction for which he served three years in prison for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a match in 1997, a stint in prison in 1999 for assaulting two motorists and again – briefly, in 2007, for possession of cocaine and driving while intoxicated.