A woman has accused former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson of raping her in the early 1990s in a lawsuit filed in New York this month.
The woman, who is seeking $5 million in damages, said Tyson raped her in a limousine after she met him at a New York nightclub and she has suffered “physical, psychological and emotional trauma” in the years since.
The woman’s statement did not give a date for the attack, only saying it happened in the early 1990s, around the same time Desiree Washington said Tyson raped her in Indianapolis. On February 10, 1992, Tyson was convicted of rape and served three years in prison.
The suit in New York was filed under the Adult Survivors Act.
The woman stated in her statement that she got into Tyson’s limo and that 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. Then he took off my pants and violently raped me,” said the woman.
She wants to maintain her anonymity because, as she said, publishing her name would “certainly pose a risk to me of further psychological damage, harassment, ridicule and personal embarrassment.”
The lawyer representing her said his office did not simply take the woman’s word for it, but investigated her allegations and found them to be “very credible.”
The law office announced today that it could not comment further on the case.
Brooklyn-born Tyson, 56, was the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990, but his life outside the ring was turbulent.