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The True Story of Mike Tyson’s 1992 Rape Conviction
James Voyles, Tyson’s defence attorney, and special prosecutor Greg Garrison are among many who have been interviewed about the case, which is still one of the most talked-about celebrity trials in American history.
After Washington accused him of rapping her in his room at the Canterbury Hotel in Indianapolis, the former world heavyweight champion was arrested in July 1991.
Washington, who was a college student and Miss Black Rhode Island at the time, was in town for the Miss Black America pageant. When she visited the show’s rehearsal, she met Tyson, one of the celebs invited to the event.
She went to Methodist Hospital’s emergency room the next day, July 20, 1991, to report that she had been raped.
Tyson had invited Washington over to his room, where he forced himself on her, Washington told the police and later testified in court.
Tyson was convicted guilty of rape in February 1992, after a two-week trial that captured the attention of the world’s media.
Judge Patricia J. Gifford sentenced him to ten years in prison a month later, but postponed the final four years of his sentence. In March 1995, Tyson was finally let free.
“Indiana law is quite straightforward, and it never states whether a defendant and a victim are acquainted,” she explained.
However, the former world heavyweight champion has always maintained his innocence.
“I did not rape Desiree Washington,” he said in his 2013 autobiography, Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography.
“She knows it, God knows it, and she’ll have to deal with the repercussions of her conduct for the rest of her life.”
Tyson had used a similar tone in his statement prior to his sentencing.
“I have not raped anyone, nor have I attempted to rape anyone,” he claimed. “I pity Miss Washington as a human being.” I had no intention of harming her or doing anything to her. I’m sure she’s aware of it.”
Tyson’s case was one of three celebrity cases that dominated newspaper columns and TV shows in the first half of the 1990s, along with the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in Florida a year before and four years before the O.J. Simpson murder trial in California.
The “Tyson case had all the makings of a television miniseries—sex, criminality, and a renowned name,” as Audrey Gadzekpo, managing editor of The Indianapolis Recorder, noted in 1992.
Tyson, unlike Kennedy Smith and Simpson, was not acquitted. His defence team, which included high-profile attorneys Vincent Fuller and Kathleen Beggs from the Washington, D.C.-based firm Williams & Connolly as well as Voyles, sought an appeal, which was denied by the Indiana Court of Appeals in a 2–1 vote.
“I don’t come here pleading for compassion, ma’am,” Tyson said before being sentenced in an 11-minute address.
“I don’t think this is going to turn out well.” I’ve come prepared for the worst. I’ve been crucified and humiliated all across the world.”
The case became even more dramatic when a fire broke out halfway through the trial at the Indianapolis Athletic Club, where the jurors were being held. The fire claimed the lives of a hotel guest and two firefighters.
The trial also triggered heated disputes about racial attitudes in the criminal justice system and what constitutes consent, which are still ongoing in many ways.
The boxer claimed in his book that the verdict had racial overtones.
“I knew I’d never receive justice from the outset. We weren’t in New York or Los Angeles, but in Indianapolis, Indiana, which has historically been a bastion of the Ku Klux Klan. […] Only one of my “peers” was Black, and I had been judged guilty by a jury of my “peers.”
“After a fire in the motel where the jurors were staying, the judge excused the other Black jury member.” She fired him because of his’mental state.'”
Five months after his return to society as a free man, Tyson was back in the ring, fighting Peter McNeeley.
Iron Mike’s boxing licence was temporarily withdrawn by the Nevada State Athletic Commission two years later, and he faced a legal bill of nearly $3 million for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.
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