A woman has accused former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson of raping her in the early 1990s, in a lawsuit filed in Albany, New York, this month.
The woman, who is suing for $5 million (€4.5 million), said Tyson raped her in a car after she met him at an Albany nightclub and that she has suffered from “physical, psychological and emotional injury” in the years since then.
The woman’s affidavit does not provide a date for the attack but says only that it happened in the early 1990s – around the same time that beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington said Tyson raped her in Indianapolis.
Tyson was convicted of raping Washington on February 10th, 1992, and served three years in prison.
The legal action in New York was filed under the state’s Adult Survivors Act, which gives sexual assault victims a one-year window to file claims over assaults that happened years or even decades ago.
The woman said in her affidavit that she got in Tyson’s car and the boxer immediately started touching her and trying to kiss her.
“I told him no several times and asked him to stop, but he continued to attack me,” the woman said. “He then pulled my pants off and violently raped me.”
The woman is seeking to maintain her anonymity because, she said, publication of her name “would certainly pose a risk to me of further mental harm, harassment, ridicule or personal embarrassment”.
The woman’s lawyer, Darren Seilback, said in a separate filing that his office did not simply take the woman at her word but investigated her allegations and determined that they are “highly credible”.
He said on Tuesday he could not comment further on the case.
A message seeking comment from Tyson was sent to an agency that has represented him.
Brooklyn-born Tyson (56) was the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990, but his life outside the ring has been turbulent.
Tyson’s former wife, actor Robin Givens, said in divorce papers that their late-1980s marriage was characterised by “unprovoked rages of violence and destruction”. – AP