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Mike Tyson Rape (Alleged) July 19, 1991

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The Mike Tyson Rape story began, early in the morning of July 19, 1991, when Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant, accused Tyson of having non-consensual sex with her.

After meeting Washington the day before in Indianapolis, during a rehearsal for the pageant, Tyson called Washington from his limousine at 1:30 AM, and invited her to meet him in the lobby of the hotel where she was staying.

1. The subject said:

“…we can go around Indianapolis and everything…”

The subject should be asked to clarify what she means by “…and everything…”

2. The subject said:

“I wasn’t really thinking anything bad.”

a. The word “really” reduces commitment.

b. The subject should be asked to clarify what she means by “bad”.
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Tyson won the heavyweight championship in 1986, at the age of 20. He was considered by many to be the most feared boxer of all time, until he was knocked out by 42-1 underdog, Buster Douglas, in 1990.

Tyson attended the Miss Black America pageant in Indianapolis to lend his celebrity to the event. At a photo opportunity with the contestants, Tyson flirted with the women by grabbing and hugging them. Later, several women would testify that Tyson had made disgusting propositions to them. Still, the boxer impressed Desiree Washington, a college student from Rhode Island.
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Mike Tyson Knocked Out by Buster Douglas – February 11, 1990

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This one didn’t end the way it was supposed to, although for at least 10 seconds, most of the fans at ringside in Tokyo, Japan thought it was going to. That’s when undefeated heavyweight champ Mike Tyson caught Buster Douglas with an uppercut that knocked him on his rear end. The knockdown came three seconds before the bell to end the round, but the rules that night called for no “saving-by-the-bell.”

Douglas got up when referee Octavio Moran got to a count of nine. There was nothing like a delayed long count a-la the infamous Dempsey-Tunney fight. On the other hand, video replays definitively showed that Moran just counted kind of the slow. Also Moran never picked up the count from the official time keeper as he was supposed to, but that wasn’t Douglas’s fault. It’s the knocked down fighter’s responsibility to rise to his feet before the referee gets to a count of 10, and there’s no disputing that Douglas met his obligation.

Two rounds later it was Mike Tyson who was knocked down and not getting up by the count of 10, and even if he had, the fight should have been stopped because Iron Mike was in no shape to continue.

Promoter Don King was not happy with the results. He had Tyson booked to fight Evander Holyfield in June, for a much bigger payday than a Douglas-Holyfield fight could bring. So King protested the results. At first WBC and WBA both suspended recognition of Douglas as the new champion. The next day, Tyson was telling the press that he was still champion. One day later though, King withdrew the protest and Douglas was rightfully and officially declared the Heavyweight Champion of the World.

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