Raped 30 years ago… Lawsuit filed against Tyson for $6.2 billion

Mike Tyson in a wheelchair with a cane. / Photo = New York Post

An American woman whose identity has not been disclosed has filed a lawsuit against Mike Tyson demanding $5 million in damages (about 6.17 billion won). Because she was raped by him.

According to the Associated Press on the 24th (local time), the woman said she was raped while riding in her limousine after meeting Tyson in a nightclub in Albany, New York.

The incident happened in the early 1990s, around the time Tyson sexually assaulted college student Desiree Washington, a candidate for Miss Black America, the woman said. On February 10, 1992, Tyson was found guilty of sexually assaulting Washington, who was 18 at the time, and served three years in prison.

The reason why women refused to reveal their identity was that they could suffer additional psychological harm, harassment and ridicule. After examining the woman’s claim, lawyer Darren Seilback, who represents the woman, judged it to be “extremely credible.”

The lawsuit was made possible thanks to New York State’s enactment of a law last November that allows adult rape victims to file civil suits for one year regardless of the statute of limitations. As soon as the special law came into force, celebrities such as former President Donald Trump and comedian Bill Cosby were accused of sexual assault decades ago.

Lee Sang-ryeol, Hankyung.com reporter [email protected]

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