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April-10-96

Fighter Tyson Accused of Sexual Assault

Chicago police are investigating a complaint made by a 25-year-old woman from Gary, Indiana that convicted rapist Mike Tyson sexually assaulted her in a Chicago nightclub booth. The woman, who wants her identity kept secret, is accusing heavyweight fighter Tyson of "sexual battery" in the Sunday (4-7) incident. Her lawyer said she was treated at a nearby hospital and released Monday (4-8). According to a Reuters report, a manager of the nightclub "The Clique" disputed the womans claim and said Tyson stayed with security guards all night and was never alone with the woman. However, CNN reported that the Sunday manager was not available for comment and that a manager on duty Tuesday (4-9) indicated that "nobody said anything about Mike Tyson being in here that night, but thats not to say he wasnt."

In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping Miss Black America contestant, Desiree Washington. He remains on parole after serving three in jail.

Media Resources: Reuters - April 10, 1996; CNN - April 9, 1996