Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is facing a $5 million lawsuit after a woman accused him of raping her in the early 1990s. The lawsuit was first reported by the Times Union of Albany.
The woman alleged that Tyson met her at a nightclub in Albany, New York, and then attempted to rape her while they were in a limo. As a result, she said, she has been forced to endure «physical, psychological and emotional damage» in the years since.
The woman’s affidavit does not provide a specific date for the attack and says it occurred around the same time beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington said Tyson raped her in Indianapolis.
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Tyson was found guilty of raping Washington on February 10, 1992, and served three years in prison. The unidentified woman’s lawsuit was filed in New York under the state’s Adult Survivors Act, which gives sexual assault victims a one-year window to pursue legal action for assaults that allegedly occurred decades ago.
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The affidavit says that Tyson made physical contact with her and attempted to kiss her almost immediately after she got into the limo.
«I told him no multiple times and asked him to stop, but he kept attacking me,» the woman said. «She Then she took off my pants and violently raped me.»
The woman has chosen not to publicly reveal her name.
Darren Seilback, an attorney representing the woman, said in a separate filing that his office did due diligence before taking on the case. Seilback said his office found the allegations «highly credible.»
Representatives for Tyson have not posted any comment.
Tyson had a three-year run as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from 1987 to 1990.
Actress and film director Robin Givens filed for divorce from Tyson in the late 1980s, ending a marriage characterized by «raging rages of violence and unprovoked destruction.»
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Tyson’s second wife, Monica Turner, filed for divorce in 2002, following allegations of adultery during their six-year marriage. Tyson married his third wife, Monica Spicer, in 2009, shortly after she was released from prison on a fraud conviction.
Associated Press contributed to this report.