U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump comes under fire again as media outlets continue to pull up old tapes and interviews.
The Donald spoke to Howard Stern in 1992 after Mike Tyson was convicted of rape, calling the verdict a travesty: “The truth is he’s been very loyal to me, he has most of his fights at my places… He does best at my places in terms of his best fights and he’s been great and I just hate to see what’s happened to him. It’s a travesty, it’s a travesty.”
Trump defended Tyson while speaking to a plethora of media, for example telling New York magazine that he had been informed that the victim: “Wanted it real bad.”
In fact, in his experience the whole case was backwards: “I’ve seen women going around touching him. He walks in a room and the women start grabbing him and grabbing his a$$ and grabbing anything else they can grab on him.”
The relationship between the two has endured throughout the years, as Trump touted Tyson’s support in Indiana just this year: “Mike Tyson endorsed me… I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK?”
He even had a plan to keep the boxing-legend out of jail, as the GOP candidate explained to Howard Stern in ’92: “My concept is for the state of Indiana, maybe $20 million, a lot of money,” Trump said. “The proceeds from his next fight, his next two fights for rape victims, and I think that’s a lot better than having Mike Tyson serve jail for 10 years or something. I think it’s gonna do a lot more in terms of a cause.”
This information surfaced following the highly publicized 2005 leak in which Trump was caught making crass and misogynistic statements at the expense of current Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell.