was training for a rematch against James "Buster" Douglas, to whom he
lost the World Heavyweight boxing title in February 1990. However, Tyson's behavior
was becoming erratic, his marriage to Robin Givens had failed and he had built
up a reputation for inappropriate, and sometimes violent, advances to women.
was one of the celebrities at the Miss Black American pageant, where he met Ms
Washington. A number of his propositions to the contestants had been rebutted,
although Ms Washington, who was a college student, seemed impressed.
called Washington up asking her out on a date. He invited her to his room where
he claimed to have left something he needed to pick up. When she came out of the
bedroom he forced himself on her.
claimed that the sex had been consensual. The medical examinations confirmed Washington's
was given a 6 year sentence in February 1992. He was released in 1995.