Recently resurfaced media appearances by Donald Trump from 1992 show the current Republican presidential candidate defending boxer Mike Tyson against Tyson’s rape conviction that year — a conviction that sent the boxer to prison for a six year sentence. Tyson, however, was released after less than three years.
The comments made 24 years ago are resurfacing now in light of Trump’s recorded comments in 2005 in which he is heard claiming that he can get away with grabbing women “by the p——y,” and forcibly kissing them because he is “a star.” But while even the White House has said that Trump’s 1995 comments describe sexual assault, in 1992, Trump publicly defended a convicted rapist.
Tyson was convicted in 1992 of raping Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old constant in the Miss Black America beauty pageant the obvious year, after she visited him in his hotel room in Indianapolis, Indiana.
But the then 46-year-old Trump, in several media appearances, questioned whether the rape actually occurred, called Tyson’s conviction “a travesty” and said that the then-25-year-old former World Heavyweight Champion was “railroaded.”
Watch Trump make statements defending Tyson and appearing to blame Washington, to interviewer Charlie Rose in 1992, in the video below.
In another interview, with NBC News, Trump suggested that what occurred in the hotel room was not rape because Washington was “dancing with a big smile on her face.”
Trump makes that statement in the following news package by NBC News, rediscovered by the site Buzzfeed.
And in one of his numerous radio appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Trump appeared to suggest that Tyson himself was the victim of sexually aggressive women.
“I’ve seen women going around touching him,” Trump said to Stern. “He walks in a room and the women start grabbing him and grabbing his ass and grabbing anything else they can grab on him.”
Listen to the 1992 Howard Stern Show audio in the link below.
Tyson fought at least four of his bouts at Atlantic City, New jersey, hotel-casinos owned by Trump in the 1980s.
In the current presidential campaign, Tyson has endorsed Trump for President.
“Let’s try something new! We tried Obama, right, time for a change. So we got to change. So now let’s try something new,” Tyson said in his endorsement. “Let’s run America like a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job.”
The endorsement came as something of a surprise, because according to an account in the 2005 book TrumpNation by Tim O’Brien, Tyson once accused Trump of having sex with his wife, TV actress Robin Givens.
“Everyone’s telling me that you’re f——g my wife and I think you’re f——g my wife,” Tyson told Trump, according to the book.
“Mike, let me tell you something: I never ever even thought about it. And I heard those rumors and they’re disgusting,” Trump is quoted as responding. “In fact, I called you a couple of times to tell you that I heard those rumors and it pisses me off. And I never, ever even thought about it. She’s your wife, she’s with you, she’s loyal to you, and it’s total bulls—t.”