A jury in New York City decided yesterday that former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson fondled a woman at a Manhattan dance club in 1988 and awarded the woman $100 in compensatory damages.
The five-woman, one-man jury will return to Manhattan's federal court today to hear testimony on Tyson's financial status before ruling on punitive damages. The woman, Sandra Miller, asked for up to $2.5 million in punitive damages in her civil lawsuit.
The jury deliberated about 4 1/2 hours before finding that Tyson grabbed Miller's breasts and buttocks after she refused his advances at Bentley's Disco on Dec. 10, 1988.
Tyson, who has denied that the incident took place, showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Michael B. Mukasey read the verdict, which found the fighter had committed battery, but not assault.
Tyson said he was not disappointed with the verdict. "If they thought it was serious, they would have given her more than 100 bucks," he said.
When asked how she felt, Miller, a 26-year-old computer operator from Queens, said: "Great that they know that he did it." . . .
A grand jury in San Antonio indicted former Spurs guard David Wingate on a charge of sexual assault. He is charged with the June 24 attack on a woman at his apartment in the Texas city.
The woman recently filed a suit against Wingate, who faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted on the assault charge.
Wingate also faces a January trial in Maryland, also on a charge of sexual assault. . . .
Stanley Wilson, the running back banned from the NFL for using cocaine on the eve of the January 1989 Super Bowl, was arrested yesterday by Los Angeles police on a robbery warrant. He was in a car identified by witnesses as used in an Oct. 10 purse snatching.
Wilson, beset by drug problems most of his Cincinnati Bengals days, also was arrested in January 1990 in Gardena, Calif., for scuffling with officers and possessing drug paraphernalia.