That time Donald Trump blamed Mike Tyson’s rape victim
Donald Trump had a financial interest in keep Mike Tyson out of jail, and said he was being “railroaded.”
As first reported by Mother Jones, Trump suggested Tyson could pay the contestant, Desiree Washington, with money from a fight to avoid serving a jail sentence, and he said of Tyson, “After knowing Mike, I don’t know how it did happen.”
But in video obtained by BuzzFeed News, Trump went a step further by more directly suggesting Washington wasn’t a victim of rape at all.
“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will,” Trump said in an NBC Nightly News video package obtained by BuzzFeed News through the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive. “You have a young woman seen dancing for the beauty contest—dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.”
“It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case,” Trump also said in the package, which aired on Feb. 21, 1992.