Robin Givens on Mike Tyson, Abuse

Actress: 'There’s never any reason for a man to hit you'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – As Mike Tyson prepares for his Oprah appearance today, ex-wife Robin Givens recalls her abuse at his hands—and gives advice to anyone who is in a similar situation. “Zero tolerance,” she tells OK! “I don’t care if you read his BlackBerry, I don’t care if you yell too loud, I don’t care if you have a big mouth. There’s never any reason for a man to hit you.”

As for Tyson’s Oprah interview, “I think it’s great,” she says. “I stand here before you hoping that he owns up to what he did.” Women enduring abuse must realize “your life is in danger,” she says—but, when thinking about people like Rihanna, Givens admits she does “understand how you can go back. I do understand. The first time I was hit, I wasn’t married, and I went back.”

Robin Givens attends the premiere of the DreamWorks film 'Head of State' on March 26, 2003 in Westwood, California.   (Getty Images)
Actress Robin Givens attends the premiere of 'Head Of State' at the Mann's Bruin Theater on March 26, 2003 in Westwood, California.   (Getty Images)
Robin Givens poses at the 39th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Robin Givens attends the Montel Williams MS Foundation Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street March 13, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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