When Robin Givens watched the video footage of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife, Janay Rice (which resulted in his indefinite suspension from the NFL), it struck a chord with the Twisted actress.
And that’s because she alleges she was a victim of domestic violence during her marriage to pro boxer Mike Tyson back in the late ‘80s.
"What's important about this video is that people can't deny it," the 49-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. “They can't say, 'Well maybe it didn't happen. What did she do?...What did she say? Maybe she was drinking.'
Ray and Janay (Photo Credit: Getty)
“We have to have this discussion because this can happen, it does happen, it happened to me and it happens to women quite a bit. And women die from this. So, we have to really begin to hold these actions and these men accountable."
Earlier this week, the brunette beauty wrote an Op-Ed piece for Time, in which she opened up about her abusive past.
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“And then when I saw the second video of him actually punching Janay Rice unconscious, I thought, this is what happened to me. The only difference was that when I came to, a doorman was carrying me over his shoulder, out of my fiancé’s apartment, and into a car,” she recalled.
In the powerful post, the Head of the Class alum explained how hard it is for some women to simply walk away, which is why she will not judge Janay for her choices. (Ray's wife is standing by his side.)
“And for three days after that incident I did the right thing. I said: “Don’t call me. I never want to see you again.” But then you start taking his phone calls. Then he asks to see you in person, and you say yes to that. Then you have a big giant man crying like a baby on your lap and next thing you know, you’re consoling him. You’re the protector.”
Robin was married to Mike from 1988 to 1989 (Photo Credit: Getty)
Robin also talks about the impact of today’s technology, and how it brings awareness to situations like this.
“I remember being dragged down a hallway in a hotel in the Bahamas on a night I thought I was really going to die,” she said. “Today there would have been cameras in that hall. Someone would know. I would be believed. Now the story gets to tell itself.”
To read Robin’s full piece for Time, click here.
And watch her interview with Entertainment Tonight below:
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