Tyson was high during interview

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Mike Tyson has opened up about his lack of reaction during a famous 1988 interview with his first wife Robin Givens -- he was too high on drugs to respond as the actress accused him of domestic violence on national TV.

The boxing great, who was married to Givens for eight months, sat in silence beside his wife as she poked fun at him and claimed he had hit her during a TV special with U.S. interviewer Barbara Walters.

Tyson has previously confessed he wanted to "sock" his then-wife for what she said, but feared he'd lose his temper in front of the cameras.

He admitted, "I truly wanted to sock her... but I just didn't do it. I was young at the time... I have socked her before and she socked me before, but it was just that kind of relationship, you know."

But, reuniting with Walters on U.S. talk show The View for the first time since that interview, Tyson admits he was going through his "junkie" stage at the time and was likely to have been on heavy medication.

Tyson, who was 22 during the TV chat, says, "I was a young kid then... I was just bushwhacked there."

Givens is now the spokeswoman for America's National Domestic Violence Hotline.


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