Retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is being sued for $5 million over allegations that he forcibly raped a woman in a limo in the early 1990s.
The claimed victim stated in an affidavit that she met Tyson at a nightclub and was welcomed into his limousine. The affidavit was submitted in Albany County, New York.
She had anticipated that he would invite her to a party with another person. Tyson allegedly tried to kiss the girl while driving her to the party, but she rejected him. He then raped her when she woke up.
According to the statement, the two first met at Septembers club in the early 1990s. “My friend and I were hanging out with him and his limousine driver. Tyson told us about a party and asked us to join him. My friend was going to drop off her car and Tyson said he would pick her up in the limousine.”
The complaint states, “He then pulled my pants off and violently raped me. As a result of Tyson’s rape, I suffered and continue to suffer from physical, psychological, and emotional injury.”
The lawsuit was brought under the new Adult Survivors Act in New York, which allows victims of sexual assault to file suit within one year of the alleged incident, despite the statute of limitations typically prohibiting such actions.
The unnamed victim is asking for $5 million in damages because she has “experienced extreme emotional suffering including but not limited to nightmares, panic attacks, and flashbacks” and “has been unable to maintain and/or develop healthy relationships with men or anyone in general.”
Tyson was found guilty of rape in February 1992 in Indianapolis. After serving three years of his six-year sentence, he was granted parole.