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A Gruesome Account
William Nack
February 10, 1992
Mike Tyson's accuser told jurors at his Indianapolis rape trial of an evening of pain and terror
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February 10, 1992

A Gruesome Account

Mike Tyson's accuser told jurors at his Indianapolis rape trial of an evening of pain and terror

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Tyson and the young woman encountered each other later in the afternoon, and she testified that he had asked her, "Are we still going out?" She said she hoped that Tyson would ask her to a concert that night, but he never called, and she ended up attending the concert with Oliver. Back in her room, at about 1:30 a.m., she slipped on her polka-dotted pajamas and was ready to go to sleep when the telephone rang. It was Tyson.

"He said, 'Can you come out?' " she testified. "And I was like, 'At this time? And do what?' He said, 'We'll just go around. I just want to talk to you. Can you come out?' " Tyson made the call from the limousine he had hired for his stay in Indianapolis.

At the urging of her roommates, the accuser testified, she agreed to join Tyson. She slipped on some clothes, dabbed on some makeup and left. She took her camera, she said, "because I thought we were going out to different parties and I would be able to take pictures of other people. And also my dad was a big fan of his, and I wanted to get pictures of him, too."

On the street she spotted the gold limousine and hopped into the backseat. "He hugged me and he grabbed me...," she said, "and he went to kiss me, and I just kind of jumped back...because I was surprised...and because his breath kind of smelled, too. He said, 'Oh, you're not like the city girls. You're a Christian girl.' And he got really, really nice. He asked me how my day was and stuff like that."

Limousine driver Virginia Foster drove the pair to the Canterbury. "And then he [Tyson] said something about he had to stop in and pick something up," the accuser testified. "And he said something about a bodyguard.... And he opened the door or the door was opened...and he said, 'Come on.' And I said, 'O.K.' "

According to the accuser's testimony, a few minutes later she and Tyson went into room 606. She sat down in a chair near the door. "I thought we were leaving," she told the jury, "... so I was going to wait for him right here [in the chair]." Tyson went into the bedroom, turned on the television and sat down at the head of the bed to make a phone call. Then she heard him beckon her inside.

"The TV's in here," said Tyson.

"I thought we were leaving," she said.

"Just come in here," he said. "I want to talk to you for a second."

The young woman testified that she walked into his bedroom and sat at the foot of the bed. Tyson asked her about her home and school, she said, and told her about the 200 pigeons he was raising. "And I thought that was great, because I love animals," she testified. "And he said that he got them because he bought a few and they had babies and they had babies. I just thought that was really neat...."

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