- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 29, 2001

BIG BEAR CITY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a woman's allegation that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sexually assaulted her at a rental home last week.
The woman contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Tuesday and said she was sexually assaulted by Tyson a week earlier at a Big Bear City home he rents during training, sheriff's spokesman Chip Patterson said Friday.
There was no arrest, and "we have not determined whether there was criminal wrongdoing," Patterson said.
Details from the reported assault July 16 weren't disclosed. The woman was examined at a hospital afterward, but those findings also weren't disclosed, Patterson said.
"A female adult made an allegation to the sheriff's department that she had been sexually assaulted by Mike Tyson," Patterson said. "What we have at this point is an allegation that is being investigated."
Tyson, 35, was in Phoenix and hasn't been interviewed.
"We are seeking to interview him," Patterson said. "There have been discussions with his attorney. We have not identified him as a suspect."
Tyson attorney Darrow Soll denied the allegations and said his client would cooperate with investigators.
"We believe the allegations are false, and we look forward to working with the sheriff's office to resolve the investigation as quickly as possible," Soll said from his Phoenix office.
Tyson was quoted by the New York Post as saying, "I'm not aware of any allegations."
Shelly Finkel, Tyson's New York adviser, said, "From what I understand, in the end, Mike will be shown to be innocent."
Earlier this month, Tyson apologized to a Big Bear Lake store owner for walking out of the shop with $25 worth of candy. The store owner reported what happened to the Sheriff's Department, but it later was determined to be a misunderstanding, Patterson said.
Tyson served more than three years in an Indiana prison after being convicted in 1992 of rape and other charges. He has repeatedly fought abuse claims from women, including his first wife, actress Robin Givens.

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