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October 17, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
We get letters. . . . The media is brushing aside Mike Tyson's domestic violence so that they can protect his professional violence. I wouldn't have believed what you wrote if I hadn't heard the following comment from a teacher in a UCLA Extension class: "If Mike Tyson had really beat his wife, her head would look like mush. All it takes is one hit to wipe her out and she claims he did it a lot. Hah!" I was so flabbergasted that I could say nothing. If I had my wits about me, I would have said that most men who use violence against women do it in a way that there are no visible scars or marks.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
We get letters. . . . The media is brushing aside Mike Tyson's domestic violence so that they can protect his professional violence. I wouldn't have believed what you wrote if I hadn't heard the following comment from a teacher in a UCLA Extension class: "If Mike Tyson had really beat his wife, her head would look like mush. All it takes is one hit to wipe her out and she claims he did it a lot. Hah!" I was so flabbergasted that I could say nothing. If I had my wits about me, I would have said that most men who use violence against women do it in a way that there are no visible scars or marks.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE and SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tyson-Givens Rematch: Boxing champ Mike Tyson and ex-wife Robin Givens are still exchanging jabs six months after their divorce. The problem this time is the 10 acres of land adjacent to the Bernardsville, N.J., mansion they bought as newlyweds. Tyson is being sued by real estate developer Vincent Rasa Jr., who claims he is owed $95,000 in commissions for the sale of the $1.9 million property.
SPORTS
October 17, 1988
Mike Tyson, heavyweight boxing champion, said being with actress Robin Givens was like "living with the Ku Klux Klan," and that she and her mother "want so much to be white," according to a report published Sunday. "They (Givens and mother Ruth Roper) don't like black people," Tyson told the Chicago Sun-Times. "They use them. But they don't like or respect black people." Tyson made the remarks during a "rambling" hourlong interview Friday in promoter Don King's home in Windsor, Ohio.
SPORTS
July 12, 1988 | Associated Press
Mike Tyson said Monday that his "retirement" would last one or two months, that Kevin Rooney may be out as his trainer and confirmed that billionaire Donald Trump is advising him. The world heavyweight champion, speaking at a news conference at a Manhattan hotel, was surrounded by Trump, attorney Michael Winston, wife Robin Givens, mother-in-law Ruth Roper and longtime friend Rory Holloway. Tyson said he wanted to dispel rumors about his future, but he may have started more than he stopped.
NEWS
September 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who suffered a concussion and amnesia when he smashed his car into a tree, had told his wife that he was going to try to kill himself, the Daily News today quoted unidentified sources as saying. The News, which published the information in a Page 1 article by columnist Mike McAlary, said the information came from "individuals with an intimate knowledge" of Tyson's situation.
SPORTS
November 17, 1988
Actress Robin Givens, who sought a divorce from boxer Mike Tyson and said she did not want his money, filed a $125-million defamation suit in federal court Wednesday against the heavyweight champion. Givens charged in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, that a Nov. 7 interview of Tyson in the New York Post was "false, defamatory, malicious and libelous" and called it "heinous and inhuman treatment." Neither Tyson nor his attorneys could be reached immediately for comment.
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