Pe­ti­tion to knock out Tyson from show

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have set up a pe­ti­tion urg­ing TV bosses to drop con­victed rapist Mike Tyson (pic­tured) from an up­com­ing episode of crime drama Law & Or­der: Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit. The former boxer has landed a cameo role in a new episode of the cop show, play­ing a mur­derer with a murky past. The cast­ing has in­fu­ri­ated cam­paign­ers against sex­ual vi­o­lence. The se­ries of­ten features sto­ry­lines about sex crimes, and ac­tivists claim pro­duc­ers should have avoided cast­ing Tyson be­cause of his 1992 rape con­vic­tion. Tyson served three years be­hind bars. A pe­ti­tion urg­ing show bosses to drop Tyson on the web­site has at­tracted more than 6300 sig­na­tures. The pe­ti­tion, ad­dressed to TV chiefs at the show and at US net­work NBC states: ‘‘While we un­der­stand Mr Tyson has served his time, it seems as though the only per­son who will ben­e­fit from his guest ap­pear­ance will be him. There are many sex­ual as­sault sur­vivors as well as oth­ers who con­sider your de­ci­sion to be in poor judg­ment. Mr Tyson has never pub­licly apol­o­gised to his vic­tim nor has he ad­mit­ted his crime . . . Your show has been a com­fort for many and dis­cour­ages vic­tim-blam­ing. We would like for the show to con­tinue to have that same in­tegrity.’’

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