“Law & Order: SVU” casts Mike Tyson as a rape victim

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On Wednesday night, “Law & Order: SVU” aired a controversial episode casting world heavyweight champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson as a rape victim-turned-murderer. [Spoiler alert] Tyson plays Reggie Rhodes, a misunderstood death row inmate who reveals to SVU detectives that he was repeatedly sexually abused and raped, and the man he murdered was one of his abusers. The episode was emotional and gut-wrenching; show producer Dick Wolf called it “one of our strongest episodes in the last five years.” Showrunner Warren Leight thanked Tyson for taking on a role “a lot of actors would not be brave enough to play.”

But in real life, Tyson was convicted of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington in 1992, and served three years of a six-year sentence before resuming his boxing career. USA Today’s Mike Foss describes the awkward viewing experience, writing, “Watching Tyson’s performance, you are asked to feel bad for the character he is playing, whilefully [sic] aware of the real-life actions of the actor whose life detoured into criminal activity.” Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker goes one step further, calling the role “creepy”:

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“Law & Order: SVU” casts Mike Tyson as a rape victim


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