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Mike Tyson addresses rape sentence: “I did not violate that woman”

"I don't think I should have been in there..."

Speaking out about the darkest chapter of his life, Mike Tyson maintains that the infamous rape allegations are false, and that he “did not violate that woman”.

Not many can balance being one of the worlds greatest athletes while also living a lavish, extravagant life involving everything from pet tigers to court cases. Former world heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson has, however, been through a great deal.

Winning his first major title in 1986, Tyson became the most feared man in boxing, racking up a total of 44 T/KO wins in 50 total victories. Upon being dealt his first loss, a TKO to Buster Douglas, things took a dark turn. Reports of alcohol and substance abuse, as well as other controversies, plagued his career after the loss. In 1991 he was arrested for the rape of Desiré Williams, serving less than three years out of his six year sentence.

Now, in an interview with Charlie Mack, Tyson has addressed his time in prison – As well as the rape allegations.

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“I wanted revenge. I came out of prison with the wrong frame of mind. That’s why I went back, I came out with a bad frame of mind, I came out for revenge… Who? I made all this stuff up, sitting in prison, feeling sorry for myself. ‘He’s against me, she’s against me, I’m gonna kill him, I’m gonna kill that b****,’ that’s what it was.”

“I don’t think I should have been in there…I’m not above violating a woman, but I did not violate that woman,” Mike Tyson said of the rape allegations. “Just keeping it real.”

Tyson has lately been preparing for his comeback to boxing. Both Tito Ortiz and Shannon Briggs have been linked to a potential bout with Tyson, though no opponent has been officially confirmed.

 

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