mike tyson law order svu feb 6 'Law & Order: SVU': Mike Tyson guest stars as an abuse victim   what did you think?On Wednesday night’s (Feb. 6) episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson guest-starred as Reggie Rhodes, a murderer on death row whose crimes stemmed from being abused as a child.

In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, in a hotel room in Indianapolis. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after three years. Tyson always maintained it was consensual.

There was a protest launched against Tyson’s being cast on a show that purports to support victims and survivors of abuses. However, Tyson wasn’t portraying a rapist. He was portraying a man who maintained he was sexually abused by several male authority figures as a kid and that’s why he killed a man who was abusing him as an adult.

What did you think? Do you think casting Tyson was a misstep on “SVU’s” part? That aside, what did you think of Tyson’s acting skills?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."