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Tyson’s Attorney: Accuser Falsely Accused Another of Rape

February 27, 1993

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The woman whose rape claim landed Mike Tyson in prison had falsely accused one of her high school classmates of rape, Tyson’s attorney said in a motion filed Friday with the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Tyson’s attorney, Alan M. Dershowitz, said his client deserved a new trial because of newly discovered evidence that Desiree Washington had falsely accused Wayne Walker of raping her in October 1989.

One of Washington’s attorneys, Reginald Lindsay, said the motion was intended ″more for the media than the court.″ He said Walker’s claims weren’t true.

Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted last March of raping Washington in July 1991 while she was the Rhode Island contestant in the Miss Black America pageant held in Indianapolis.

Tyson, who is serving a six-year sentence at the Indiana Youth Center west of Indianapolis, already has appealed the conviction on the grounds of improper procedure. The motion filed Friday is part of a second appeal claiming new evidence has come to light since the conviction.

Among the documents filed Friday was an affidavit signed by Walker, now 21, in which he claimed he and Washington were friends at Coventry High School.

In October 1989, Washington’s father, Donald, called Walker’s home and said his daughter claimed Walker raped her, according to the affidavit.

Walker said he and his mother convinced Donald Washington the allegations were false and police were never called.

The next day in school, the affidavit says, Desiree Washington told Walker she concocted the story to ″cover myself.″

Dershowitz said he learned of the 1989 incident only this month, when a woman claiming to be a relative of Washington’s called his office and reported it to his secretary.

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