Tyson's Rock Bottom: Beating Hookers on Coke

By Bryan Le 04/17/12

The former heavyweight champion, three years sober, recalls his darkest hour.

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Today, Mike Tyson lives a peaceful, sober life
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“Iron” Mike Tyson has come out of his corner to open up about one of the darkest moments of his drug-addicted past. The 45-year-old former “baddest man on the planet” recalls hitting rock bottom in in a hotel room in 2009; he was high on drugs and paranoia set in. “This is really dark. I am in my hotel suite, I've got seven women there, and I have a morphine drip, and I had my cocaine, and I had my (Viagra like pill) Cialis, I had my marijuana, I had the Hennessy," he recalls. "I am at my lowest point because I got paranoid and I thought these women were trying to rob me and set me up. I started beating them. I was in a dark place. There was a purpose, though, because I didn't want to give them any more of my soul.” Tyson booted the women from his room, believing them to be possessed by demons. “It was the lowest point of a very low life, but it was my own knockout punch to clean up life, get whole, get well—and I haven't done anything in three years now,” he says. “I'm clean, I'm sober.” The former heavyweight champ tells all in his show, “Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth,” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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