Mike Tyson’s long-time photographer has launched some serious allegations against the boxing legend, accusing him of trying to grope her breasts during the 1980s.
But Iron Mike isn’t denying the claims, instead insisting the pair were actually in a consensual sexual relationship.
This relationship supposedly started when he around 17 years of age, making him a minor, and when she was in her mid 20s.
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens. Credit: AlamyLori Grinker is an award-winning photographer, having worked with a number of big-name stars – Tyson being one of them.
Grinker recently released a new pictorial book, titled ‘Mike Tyson,’ which is a collection of pictures of Iron Mike when he was younger.
Within the book, Grinker opens up on the time Tyson allegedly ‘tried to grab my breast’.
“Mike could be very sweet and gentle when he was feeling it, and not very sweet or gentle when he wasn’t,” she says in the book.
“He once tried to grab my breast, and when I pushed him away, he got angry and threw my light meter in the snow. He had a somewhat spoiled side and, being the champ, grew accustomed to getting his way.”
In conversations with the Daily Mail, Grinker clarified that Tyson never tried anything like that again, although she did admit that he was just an “immature teenager” at the time of the alleged incident.
But rather than fight the accusations, Tyson’s representatives told the publication: “In this day and age it’s unfortunate that Ms. Grinker was not more careful with her words omitting the fact that she was in a sexual relationship with Mike Tyson when he was a minor with almost a decade age difference.”
His spokesperson added: “He was around 17 and had sexual relationship (sic) with her on & off until about 21. He had sex with her also when he was champion in Atlantic City.”
Credit: AlamyIn a separate email exchange with the Daily Mail, Tyson’s team said the two individuals met when he was just 13 years of age, although their sexual relationship started a few years later in 1983.
At 17, Tyson and his team insist he would have been a ‘minor’, yet the article in the Daily Mail Mail says that if “the alleged affair did occur when Tyson was 17, it would not have violated New York State consent laws enacted in 1965”.