Mike Tyson plays sexual abuse victim on Law & Order: SVU

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Registered: 12-22-2000
Mike Tyson plays sexual abuse victim on Law & Order: SVU
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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 10:37am

Mike Tyson will be playing the role of Reggie Rhodes, a sympathetic victim of child abuse who murdered one of his attackers.

In real life, the former undisputed heavyweight champ was arrested in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old beauty queen, Miss Black America hopeful Desiree Washington, in July of 1991. In February of the following year, he was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct. Tyson served three years in prison for the convictions. More

The show has always been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse, so it seems odd that such a high-profile sex offender is now portraying a victim. Thoughts?

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Registered: 01-23-2013

Didn't they actually do a story similar to the real life story that happened between Mike Tyson and the Miss America chick? I love  Law and Order and I am a little surpised that they would have a real life convicted rapist staring in an episode. It seems all wrong.

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Registered: 08-01-2012

I think this is one February sweeps ploy that just could backfire on them. Not cool at all. 

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Registered: 01-23-2013

OMG. This is absolutely outrageous and just plain wrong! He is a convicted rapist!!! Since when do we glorify and support convicted rapists?