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Mike Tyson Speaks Out on Chris Brown: "He's Just a Baby"

USMagazine, Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 9:55am (PDT)

Mike Tyson - who was accused of beating Robin Givens and was convicted of raping Desiree Washington - says he can relate to Chris Brown, the 19-year-old singer who allegedly beat Rihanna.

"It's none of my business, but you know what I say about that? I understand the situation. I understand passion with young kids," Tyson, 42, tells MTV News.

"My personal opinion about that is, he's just a baby," adds the former heavyweight champ, who is the subject of a new documentary, "Tyson," out Friday. "He's just a little baby that don't know how to handle his emotions when it comes to a woman. And he probably hears this and thinks, 'I know how to handle my emotions'; we all think we do."

"But the fact [is]," Tyson continues, "you look at this person and you might be crazy in love, but we don't know how to handle those feelings."

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What could have led Brown to allegedly beat Rihanna, 21? Tyson blames a "pimp mentality" that is prevalent among young people. "Now you're a fly guy and a cool guy [you think] ... you have to be hard like that," he says.

In the MTV interview, Tyson appears contrite about his history of violence towards women.

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"You can't abuse them," he tells MTV. "It's really sick what you [can] do. She has a space in your heart and you believe you care about her more than anybody in the world.

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"Do I think it's right to beat up a woman? No hell no," he adds. "Have I hit a woman before? Hell yeah. Was I wrong? Hell yeah. I'm a product of that environment. Do I regret ever doing that? Hell yeah. Would I do it again? Never."

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Brown -- who has pleaded not guilty to two felonies, assault and making criminal threats -- is due back in court April 29.

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