Over two decades ago, back in February 1992, Mike Tyson was found guilty of raping Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant at the time. He was sentenced to six years in prison but was later released on parole after serving just under half of the original bid.
Tyson has infamously maintained his innocence when speaking on the situation. However, a new interview shows the boxing legend revealing that he also feels racism played a role in his conviction, all these years later.
During a preview of a new episode of OBJECTified, set to air this Sunday (Dec. 3) on Fox News, the boxer-turned-entertainer reflects on how the jury was all-white, save for one Black juror "with white tendencies," a factor he alludes helped result in his conviction.
While recollecting the incident, he referred to Washington as "a really disturbed person," and then goes on to agree that he wasn't able to convince the jury of his innocence, "because look at it… I'm Black, I'm big, I'm strong. It's all stereotype."
He then agrees with the host that racism played a factor in his conviction, with the teaser of the conversation soon fading out to build anticipation for the full interview.
Take a look at the snippet of Mike Tyson discussing his past rape conviction below.