ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — Mike Tyson’s first boxing match, and win, came on Mar. 6, 1985, when he beat Hector Mercedes in a first-round TKO at Albany’s own Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Now, the world-renowned fighter will face a different form of heavyweight battle.
According to an affidavit filed by an anonymous victim in Albany County Court, the boxer raped her outside a popular Albany dance club—Septembers—in the early 1990s. “I met Mike Tyson in the early 1990s at a dance club called Septembers,” the affidavit read. “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.”
While on their way to pick up the victim’s friend, Tyson and the victim got into it, the affidavit continued. The victim alleges Tyson tried to kiss her in the limo. She reportedly told him “no” and asked him to stop, but he continued to attack her.
“He then pulled my pants off and violently raped me,” the affidavit reads. “As a result of Tyson’s rape, I suffered and continue to suffer from physical, psychological, and emotional injury.”
The victim is seeking $5 million in damages for the alleged attack. Her attorney has filed an affirmation to keep her identity anonymous, out of fear she might be publicly scrutinized. “This will be in the news across the country and plaintiff’s identity must be protected,” the affirmation read.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this month, as part of New York’s Adult Survivors Act. The law allows for the creation of a “lookback period” for victims of sexual assault and abuses over 18 years to pursue time-barred claims in court. If it weren’t for the act, passed in May 2022, the victim of Mike Tyson’s alleged rape would have been time-barred by the usual statute of limitations for such crimes.
This is not the first time Tyson has faced charges like the ones alleged in this new suit. In February 1992, following a two-week trial that drew nationwide media attention, Tyson was found guilty of rape in Indianapolis.
A month later, he was sentenced to 10 years in jail, the last four of which were suspended. He was released in March 1995. Tyson has always maintained his innocence in that case.
You can view the Albany County affidavit below.