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Mike Tyson Asking Critics To Look Beyond His Past

Former boxing champ Mike Tyson has urged women's rights activists to look past his 21-year-old rape conviction and judge him on his changed lifestyle, insisting he was as innocent then as he is now.

Producers of hit TV crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently came under fire from campaigners against sexual violence after they cast Tyson in an episode -- the activists launched a petition online calling on show runners to scrap his role due to the 1992 rape crime.

Show creator Dick Wolf spoke out to defend the casting choice last week and defiantly insisted the story line in question, in which Tyson plays a murderer with a murky past, was one of their "strongest episodes in the last five years."

He refused to pull the episode and it aired in the U.S. on Wednesday. Tyson is now asking his critics to give him a second chance because he's doing all he can to improve his old bad boy behavior.

"I was convicted but it wasn't true ... Everyone is entitled to an opinion," Tyson told NBC's Katie Couric. "I may have had a moment in my life where I was violent and did certain things that wasn't appropriate.

"For the last five years I embarked on this very strange monastic type of lifestyle in public, (and) I ask you just to judge me from that alone. This is me changing my life...

"I was not well; I'm just a guy trying to bridge the gaps between who I am and who I wanna be and that takes a whole lot of struggling, a whole lot of soul searching, and maybe a whole bunch of therapy because my objective is to get well and I wanna be well."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Capaedia on 02-08-2013

I think he has managed to turn his life right around and that's more than you can say about most in his situation. He's a changed man. Who in the '90s didn't get the eerie feeling he wasn't going to…

Comment by chaos on 02-08-2013

[QUOTE=boxfan1983;13010550]As a boxing fan, sure I like Iron Mike, there shouldnt be a boxing fan who doesn't. He brought everything a true boxing fan wanted to see and that was KOs "but" the Mike Tyson as a boxer is totally…

Comment by Weltschmerz on 02-08-2013

[QUOTE=deanrw;13011389]His past is what carries him now. He will always be identified with it in one way or another. He cannot sweep bits and pieces of his past under the rug. It is unfair because he did his time. He…

Comment by deanrw on 02-08-2013

His past is what carries him now. He will always be identified with it in one way or another. He cannot sweep bits and pieces of his past under the rug. It is unfair because he did his time. He…

Comment by Weltschmerz on 02-08-2013

[QUOTE=Own3d;13010636]Tyson has actually been quite lucky that a lot of people and the media seem to have given him a second chance and gave him the opportunities to make himself some money. He needs to accept that not all will…

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