Tyson's accuser wants her say, too

October 05, 1991

The lawyer representing Mike Tyson's accuser wants a gag order lifted so she may respond to remarks made by the former heavyweight boxing champion and his supporters.

Tyson was indicted last month by a grand jury on charges of rape, criminal deviate conduct and confinement in the alleged attack of a Miss Black America contestant in Indianapolis in July.

In a news conference after the indictment, Tyson and promoter Don King made several charges about the alleged victim, mentioning her by name numerous times.

Later, at the request of Tyson's lawyers, Superior Court judge Patricia J. Gifford issued a gag order barring Tyson, his lawyers, prosecutors and lawyers representing the woman from making public statements in the case.

But the woman's lawyer, David R. Hennessy of Indianapolis, asked Gifford on Thursday to lift the gag order.

"The victim is an 18-year-old college freshman and has been besieged enough and suffered enough turmoil," Hennessy said. "Her chosen representatives must be allowed to speak up for her."

Hennessy said Gifford imposed the restriction improperly because he did not get an opportunity to oppose it.

* Doctors in London expressed "considerable worry" yesterday about the lack of progress being made by fighter Michael Watson, still attached to a life-support machine nearly two weeks after collapsing in the ring.

The British boxer, who has undergone two brain operations since being knocked out by Chris Eubank in a World Boxing Organization super-middleweight title fight on Sept. 21, appeared to be improving in recent days.

A brain scan Thursday showed the swelling of Watson's brain had subsided and the pressure was remaining normal without the intensive drug treatment he previously needed.

But Tim Jones, spokesman at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, said Watson's progress had faltered.

"This slowing in his initial progress is a considerable worry," he said.

"There has been little sign of his wakening as the anaesthetic drugs wear off. That is to say, he shows little sign of spontaneous movement and does not breathe without the aid of a life-support machine."

Jones said doctors planned to do a tracheotomy on Watson, opening a hole in his throat to help his breathing.

* Jorge Paez appears unconcerned by the lopsided odds favoring Pernell Whitaker in his defense of the world lightweight title tonight in Reno, Nev.

"I know it's going to be a tough fight," he said. "I've fought quite a few guys like Whitaker. I'm not going to lose my head."

Paez, 39-3-4 with 26 knockouts, is trying to become a champion again, one year after giving up the International Boxing Federation featherweight title in an unsuccessful bid for Tony Lopez's IBF junior-lightweight crown.

"I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm well-conditioned."

"Pernell Whitaker is the undisputed lightweight champion," he said. "He didn't get here by winning just one time.

Whitaker, 26-1 with 13 knockouts, disregarded the only blemish on his record, a 12-round loss to Jose-Luis Ramirez in 1988, a fight he still believes he won.

He outpointed Ramirez in 1989 before his hometown crowd at Norfolk, Va., to retain the IBF title he won earlier from Greg Haugen and to take Ramirez's World Boxing Council title.

Whitaker unified the championship in August 1990 by knocking out Juan Nazario in the first round at Lake Tahoe to win the World Boxing Association lightweight title.

Reno oddsmakers favor Whitaker 6 1/2 -1.

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