A woman is suing Mike Tyson for allegedly raping her decades ago, according to an affidavit filed in Albany County Court.  

The woman, who is anonymous, said that she met the former heavyweight champion and controversial sporting icon at a popular nightclub in Albany in the early 1990s. Tyson, the woman said, then raped her when they were inside a limousine.

The woman is suing for $5 million, claiming that she continues “to suffer from physical, psychological and emotional injury” and that she has developed “lifelong problems” and  “everlasting damage" stemming from this alleged crime.

The existence of the lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month, was first reported by the Times Union of Albany.

“I met Mike Tyson in the early 1990s at a dance club called Septembers,” the affidavit read. “My friend and I were hanging out with him and his limousine driver. Tyson told us about a party and asked us to join him. My friend was going to drop off her car and Tyson said he would pick her up in the limousine.”

The suit was filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which empowers survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over 18 to sue their abusers irrespective of when the offense took place. The act was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul last spring. 

The woman said she wants to remain anonymous because she is concerned of the abuse she may receive if her identity is known, due to Tyson's popularity.

“I would like to preserve my privacy in this matter of a sensitive and highly personal nature,” the plaintiff wrote in her affidavit. “Tyson is a famous celebrity and I know I would be attacked by the media and all of his fans. The identification of myself to my friends, family, co-workers and the general public would certainly pose a risk to me of further mental harm, harassment, ridicule or personal embarrassment.”

This is not the first time Tyson has been accused of rape. While the woman did not provide a specific date on which the alleged assault occurred, her claim that it took place in the early 1990s would put it squarely in the same period in which Tyson was accused by beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington of raping her. Tyson was eventually convicted of raping Washington in 1992 and served three years behind bars.

Tyson, no stranger to controversy throughout his colorful career, was accused by his ex-wife, Robin Givens, of being physically abusive to her during their short-lived, tabloid-friendly marriage in the late 1980s.

The 56-year-old Brooklyn native has reinvented himself in recent years by hosting a popular podcast and running a cannabis company.

Last year, fellow heavyweight great George Foreman was sued by two anonymous women for sexual assault, including rape, that allegedly took place in the 1970s.