In a famous 1988 ABC interview with Barbara Walters, Tyson denied
he "beat" or "hit" his then-wife, Robin Givens. What he did say was this: "I grabbed my wife and hold my wife, you know what I mean? I shake my wife up. I never totally struck my wife."
During the same interview Givens shared her experience saying, "He shakes, he pushes, he swings. Sometimes, I think he's trying to scare me. ... Just recently, I've become afraid."
Three days later police were called to their home, where Tyson had allegedly become enraged and thrown furniture through some windows.
Soon after, the couple separated.