The life of Mike Tyson is set to be played by Jamie Foxx. Tyson’s story is one of great triumphs and controversy. During his marriage to Robin Givens, the legendary boxer was involved in alleged domestic abuse according to his wife Robin Givens. It isn’t surprising the actor doesn’t want to be portrayed in the film.
In an interview back in July, Givens admitted that she doesn’t want to be portrayed or referenced in the film, particularly due to the alleged domestic abuse she endured during their marriage.
“I don’t want to say bothersome, but you know it’s funny in life how you’re always learning and growing and healing and that wasn’t fun for me,” she said. “I went and got the book that [Tyson] wrote and I was read it and there were so many things… that are so not true. It’s hard not to feel deeply disturbed by it.”
Page Six reported that Givens took a legal step in order to prevent the production of Tyson’s biopic from adding her name to the script. Last month, Robin Givens is said to have served both Mike Tyson and Jamie Foxx with documents demanding “that Mr. Tyson cease and desist from further defaming Ms. Givens, and to put those producing, writing and/or directing the proposed Tyson biopic, and those producing Mr. Tyson’s podcast, on notice that they are to refrain from portraying Ms. Givens in a false, negative and defamatory light.”
“While [she] has attempted to move on, she still finds herself fighting the abusive, demeaning and false accounts of their relationship by Mr. Tyson nearly 35 years later,” Givens’s lawyers reportedly said. “It is time for Mr. Tyson to let this marriage be the relic of the past that it is.”
However, Page Six reached out to Tyson’s team and received a statement from the boxer’s rep that they haven’t received any cease and desist notices. “There isn’t nor has there been any intention of including his relationship with her in his biopic,” the rep reportedly said. “He wishes her well in all her endeavors.”
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