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In 1992, Tyson was arrested and convicted for the rape of an 18-year-old Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America Pageant contestant from Rhode Island. The two met in 1991 when he was invited to the pageant as a celebrity guest; according to her testimony, the assault happened in Tyson’s hotel room, and she went to a nearby hospital the next morning to report the attack. Tyson, who has maintained his innocence for decades, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended. Of the remaining six years, he served three in an Indiana penitentiary before being released in 1995.

The incident and Tyson’s ensuing prison sentence, including his conversion to Islam, are addressed in the second half of the series, in which Washington is portrayed by the actor Li Eubanks. Eubanks debuted in a pair of Lifetime Original films with Vivica A. Fox, “The Wrong Friend” and “The Wrong Tutor,” which, despite their similar titles and cast, are unrelated to each other. She also appeared in a 2020 episode of the CBS/OWN courtroom drama “All Rise,” co-starring Simone Missick.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available. Visit the National Rape, Abuse and Incest Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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