Three decades after going to jail for rape, Mike Tyson, one of the world’s most popular boxers in decades, is walking the same path again, after a woman in New York state filed, this time, a civil suit, accusing him of raping her in a limousine in the early 1990s, according to court filings.
Reports, which said the woman, is asking the court to remain anonymous, said she filed her complaint in early January under a temporary New York state law allowing victims of sexual assault to seek civil damages regardless of the statute of limitations.
The case against Tyson, who spent three years in jail beginning in 1992 after being found guilty of raping model Desiree Washington, who was 18 at the time, came via a short affidavit dated December 23, 2022, where the plaintiff explained that she met the boxer at a nightclub “in the early 1990s,” then followed him into his limousine, where he allegedly assaulted her before raping her.
“As a result of Tyson’s rape, I suffered and continue to suffer from physical, psychological and emotional injury,” she said, asking for $5million for the injuries.
Tyson, born in Brooklyn in 1966, Tyson, said to have a turbulent childhood before becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion in the 1980s, terrifying his opponents with his fury in the ring and a phenomenal punching power, was reported not to have issued any public statement as at Tuesday.