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Donald Trump Blamed Mike Tyson’s Rape Victim: She Went to Hotel Room on ‘Her Own Will’

Donald TrumpNote: This post has been republished from April 28th, 2016. – – After boxer Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years for raping an 18-year-old beauty queen, Donald Trump responded by arguing on national television that Tyson had been “railroaded,” noting that she had gone to Tyson’s hotel room on her own.

“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will,” Trump told NBC News in 1992, in a clip dug up by Buzzfeed. “You have a young woman seen dancing for the beauty contest—dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.”

“It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case,” Trump said.

Purely by coincidence, Trump’s advocacy for Tyson came at a time when he stood to make a huge profit if he was released. As Mother Jones noted in December, “Tyson’s bouts had been highly lucrative for Trump’s casinos, which paid millions to host the fights but reaped millions more in revenues from the surge in gambling that resulted during these highly anticipated events.”

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