ROCKVILLE (Maryland): Mike Tyson and his second wife were granted a divorce on Monday, and the former heavyweight champion agreed to pay her US$6.5 million from future earnings.
The deal ends a year-long dispute between Tyson and Monica Turner, who accused the boxer of adultery when she filed for divorce in January 2002.
Tyson was not at the court hearing that completed the divorce, although Turner did attend. She is a paediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington.
Tyson must pay Turner a percentage of his future purses on top of an undisclosed sum he already has given her, according to Turner’s attorney, Sanford Ain. That figure rises to US$9 million if Tyson fails to pay on time.
Turner was awarded the couple’s US$4.75 million mansion in Farmington, Connecticut, and the US$4 million Potomac house where she lives. Turner also gets custody of their children, Rayna, 6 and Amir, 5. Tyson keeps his home in Las Vegas.
“She is pleased with the settlement, and she’s ready to get on with her life,” Ain said.
Tyson met his second wife while he was serving a rape sentence in an Indiana prison. They were married in April 1997 in Bethesda.
The boxer previously was married for a year to actress Robin Givens. That marriage ended in divorce in 1989. – AP