Mike Tyson in Trouble again!


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She sez Tyson tried to force sex, drugs



Mike Tyson is denying explosive new charges that he grabbed a woman off an Italian dance floor, dragged her to his yacht and pummeled her when she refused to indulge in sex and drugs.
The washed-up boxing champ cooperated with police when they tracked him down on a ritzy yacht in the Mediterranean, where he is living it up on a tour of the watering holes of the rich and famous.

"He was more than happy to talk to police and invited the officers on board, saying he was a 'good boy' and not a 'killer,'" an Italian police officer told the Scotsman newspaper.

A magistrate is considering whether to bring charges.

Florence Botoli, 33, a Cameroonian who lives in Nice, France, told police she was dancing with friends at the Billionaire nightclub in Sardinia when Tyson grabbed her.

Paris Hilton was at a nearby table, minus her fiance, but Iron Mike didn't recognize her when she waved, the LaStampa newspaper reported.

Botoli alleged Tyson, 39, brought her to the 100-foot yacht, the Summer Wind, and beat her when she refused to do drugs and have sex with him.

"There was a white powder on a tray. It was cocaine. Tyson took some, a lot, and then started hitting me," Botoli said, according to a police report quoted by the Scotsman.

"He tried to force my head down into the powder, but I don't do drugs," she alleged. "He said he wanted to have sex with me. But when I said 'no' and didn't take the drugs, he went mad. He punched me and then threw me to the floor."

Botoli, who posed for Italian newspapers showing bruises on her left side, said she saw stars.

"Tyson kept shouting at me until his bodyguard told him to calm down and stop because he was going over the top," she reportedly said.

She said a bodyguard helped smuggle her off the yacht in a dinghy and she went to the emergency room at Olbia hospital in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The incident took place Aug. 6, but was not made public until a Sardinian paper broke the news over the weekend.

Tyson's lawyer could not be reached, and his manager did not return phone calls.

Brooklyn-born Tyson reached the pinnacle of boxing - heavyweight champion of the world - but his fame was tarnished by an out-of-control temper.

He went to jail for three years in 1992 for raping beauty queen Desiree Washington and was briefly banned from boxing when he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997.

He filed for bankruptcy in 2003, saying he had but $5,000 in the bank, and announced he was retiring from boxing. He has variously expressed interest in either missionary work or the porn business.

Tyson's recent Mediterranean escapades - cavorting on the beach with beautiful women, schmoozing with famous pals like Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham - have been eagerly documented in the Italian papers.

Originally published on August 16, 2005