In Judgment of Iron Mike

Mike Tyson's dark past is on trial, and so is the popular suspicion of women who charge famous men with rape

He looks straitjacketed in a dark suit. He seems caged in his chair in an Indianapolis courtroom as a demure 18-year-old from Rhode Island, a contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant last July, testifies that he raped her. But in his natural habitat, the boxing ring, Mike Tyson is a creature in - implacable forward motion. He just keeps coming, and you go down. He cuts you like a buzz saw, crushes you like a tree falling on a sleepy squirrel.

In a way, this Tyson, the Tyson of legend, is on trial here, as much for his behavior on...

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