Actress Robin Givens, who called her turbulent marriage to heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson "torture," filed for divorce Friday, celebrity attorney Marvin Mitchelson said.
Givens, who appears in the ABC series "Head of the Class," cited irreconcilable differences for seeking to end the eight-month marriage that has been dissected on television and in the press.Givens is in town filming the series. Mitchelson has also represented actress Joan Collins and was the lawyer in a landmark "palimony" decision against the late actor Lee Marvin.
In an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's "20-20" a week ago, Givens said her husband has an "extremely volatile temper" and that life with him was "torture . . . pure hell." She said she's become very afraid of him but gave no indication she wanted to end the marriage.
Tyson, 22, the youngest heavyweight champion ever, told Walters that he loves his 23-year-old wife and would not stand in her way if she chose to leave.
"My wife would just have to ask for it and she has every penny I have," said Tyson, a millionaire.
Givens told Walters that Tyson is a manic-depressive, but a doctor who examined the heavyweight champ said this week he is not.
Friends of Tyson have accused Givens and her mother, Ruth Roper, of manipulating Tyson in order to gain control of his $40 million fortune.
Days after the interview, police went to the Bernardsville, N.J., mansion of the couple to try to calm Tyson, at the request of Givens and her mother because the champ reportedly had flown into a rage and hurled furniture through the windows.
It was another incident in a stormy year for Tyson.
He gave away a $100,000 automobile after a minor accident, cracked a bone in his hand in a late-night fight on a Harlem street and was reported to have threatened suicide before slamming his car into a tree last month in New York.
A newspaper report also said Tyson had several violent episodes and chased Givens and her mother in a Moscow hotel when the actress was there filming an episode of the series last month.
The couple were married Feb. 7 in Chicago after the National Basketball Association All-Star game, which Tyson attended. But because the couple did not have an Illinois license, they were remarried two days later in New York.