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Here is a look at the rise and fall of Mike Tyson.

1978Arrested for purse snatching as a 12-year-old in Brooklyn. Sent to Tryon School for Boys.


A boxing instructor at a New York State correction facility for boys brought Tyson to the attention of Cus D'Amato, who had guided Floyd Patterson to the heavyweight title.


Expelled from Catskill High School for a series of transgressions.


D'Amato becomes Tyson's legal guardian.


Nov. 4 - D'Amato dies of pneumonia.


Feb. 20 - Sexually propositions a female sales clerk in an Albany shopping mall and becomes violent and abusive when she rebuffs him. Later the same night, he is ejected from an Albany movie theater following a similar incident.

Nov. 22 - Knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round in Las Vegas, winning the WBC heavyweight title to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.


June 21 - Parking lot attendant alleges Tyson tried to kiss a female employee and struck the male attendant. Charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and assault with a deadly weapon. Tyson pays $105,000 to settle case out of court.


Jan. 22 - Knocks out Larry Holmes in the fourth round in Atlantic City, to retain his world heavyweight title.

Feb. 7 - Marries Robin Givens in Chicago.

May - Dents his $183,000 Bentley convertible in a fender-bender in New York City and gives the slightly damaged car to two policemen, who later were suspended when their superiors found out.

June 17 - Givens and family go public with tales of beatings by Tyson.

June 27 - Knocks out Michael Spinks in the first round in Atlantic City, to retain his world heavyweight title.

June 28 - Sues Bill Cayton, his manager, to break their contract.

July 11 - Hires Donald Trump as an adviser.

Aug. 23 - Breaks a bone in his right hand in a 4 a.m. street brawl with professional fighter Mitch Green in Harlem.

Sept. 4 - Knocked unconscious after he drives his BMW into a tree at the home of D'Amato's sister-in-law, Camille Ewald.

Sept. 12 - Tyson sends tennis player Lori McNeil, an alleged victim of Tyson's violence, 1,000 roses to wish her luck in the U.S. Open.

Sept. 21 - Tyson threatens a TV reporter outside his Bernardsville, N.J. home and throws a Walkman at the camera crew.

Sept. 30 - Givens tells Barbara Walters in a nationally televised interview that Tyson is a manic-depressive and their marriage is a living hell while Tyson sits meekly next to her.

Oct. 2 - Police are called to a Bernardsville, N.J. home after Tyson hurls furniture out the window and forces Givens and her mother to flee the house. Police dismiss the incident as "a domestic disturbance."

Oct. 7 - Givens files for divorce.

Oct. 14 - Tyson countersues Givens for divorce and annulment.

Oct. 26 - Trump bills Tyson $2 million for services rendered in his role as adviser. Tyson becomes partners with Don King.

Nov. 16 - Givens sues Tyson for $125 million, charging libel because of a New York Post story in which Tyson calls her and her mother, "the slime of the slime."

Nov. 23 - Tyson again sues Cayton.

Nov. 30 - Tyson is sued by a Manhattan furrier for $92,000. The furrier claims Tyson owed him for a Russian sable coat Tyson and Givens bought as a birthday gift for Givens' mother.

Dec. 8 - Fires Kevin Rooney, his trainer since he turned pro.

Dec. 12 - Sandra Miller of Queens, N.Y., sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her, propositioning her and insulting her at a Manhattan nightclub.

Dec. 15 - Lori Davis of Bay Shore, N.Y., sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her buttocks while she was dancing at the same nightclub on the same night as the incident with Miller.


Jan. 11 - At a deposition in his lawsuit to oust Cayton as his manager, Tyson makes blatant sexual hand gestures and a sexually explicit statement to a female attorney.

Feb. 14 - Tyson and Givens are divorced in the Dominican Republic.

April 9 - Accused of striking a parking attendant three times with an open hand outside a Los Angeles nightclub after the attendant asked Tyson to move his Mercedes-Benz out of a spot reserved for the club's owner. The charges are later dropped due to lack of witness cooperation.

April 26 - Gets a speeding ticket in downtown Albany for driving his 1989 Lamborghini 71 mph in a 30 mph zone while drag racing with a friend.

July 21 - Knocks out Carl "The Truth" Williams in the first round in Atlantic City to retain his world heavyweight title.


Feb. 11 - Tyson is knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in the 10th round in Tokyo and loses his world heavyweight title.

Aug. 17 - Phyllis Polaner, former aid to Givens, sues Tyson for sexual assault and harassment. The suit is still pending.

Nov. 1 - New York City civil jury finds Tyson committed battery in the Sandra Miller case. Miller is awarded just $100 in damages because the jury decides Tyson's behavior was "not outrageous."


March 18 - Knocks out Razor Ruddock in the seventh round of a non-title fight in Las Vegas.

March 28 - Tyson admits paternity of an 8-month-old girl born to Kimberly Scarborough of Manhattan.

June 28 - Tyson wins a 12-round decision over Razor Ruddock in a non-title fight in Las Vegas.

July 18 - Tyson meets Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, at pageant rehearsal.

July 19 - Tyson and Washington go to the boxer's hotel room in the early morning hours.

July 20 - Washington calls 911 and says she was raped by a celebrity.

July 22 - Washington files a complaint with police alleging Tyson raped her.

Sept. 9 - Indicted on rape and three other charges by a special grand jury after a four-week investigation into the charges by the beauty contestant.

Sept 11 - Booked in Indianapolis on rape and three other charges and released on $30,000 cash bond.

Oct. 2 - Natalie Fears files a $12 million palimony and paternity lawsuit in Los Angeles.

Oct. 8 - Tyson injures cartilage in left rib cage while training for fight with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Oct. 18 - Announced postponement of Tyson-Holyfield fight.

Dec. 12 - Marion Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Gifford denies motion to postpone rape trial.


Jan. 7 - Court ordered blood test shows that Tyson is not the father of Natalie Fears son.

Jan. 21 - Judge denies motion to delay rape trial.

Jan. 27 - Rape trial begins with jury selection in Marion Superior Court.

Feb. 10 - Following about 9 hours of deliberation, Tyson is found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of deviate sexual conduct. The three counts carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.

March 26 - Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford sentenced Tyson to six years in prison, denied him bail and ordered him to serve the term immediately.