Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities

Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities

Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities

Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities

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One night in the fall of 1988 I was roused from sleep at nearly midnight by a telephone call from an editor at the New York Daily News, where I worked as a crime reporter.

“Sorry to bother you at home,” he began, “but there's a story in another paper about the Mike Tyson divorce, and I think we'll have to chase it. It's about Reuben Givens.”

A couple of weeks earlier I had been summoned from my desk at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan for a meeting at the newspaper's main office on East 42d Street. My boss told me that I had been selected to join a group of five or six reporters that would probe a pressing story: the breakup of the marriage of boxer Mike Tyson and actress Robin Givens. Our Tyson team, which also included Jack Newfield, the eminent investigative reporter, and Bill Gallo, the paper's revered sports cartoonist and resident boxing buff, set out to dig up dirt about the divorce.

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