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'He's Not Worth Dying For' on Lifetime: Robin Givens filed a $125 million lawsuit against Mike Tyson in 1988

Robin Givens described being married to Mike Tyson as 'torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine'
Robin Givens and Mike Tyson were in married in 1988 and separated within a year (Getty Images and Twitter)
Robin Givens and Mike Tyson were in married in 1988 and separated within a year (Getty Images and Twitter)

Love triangles are always an intriguing concept to make a movie on and it's only bound to get better when you have women-centric networks like Lifetime handling it. Starring Robin Givens and Rachel Boyd, among others, 'He's Not Worth Dying For' is a thriller that sees two women turn against each other after finding out that they were dating the same man. 

Robin Givens will be seen as Cher in the Lifetime thriller. She is an American model, director, and actress. Givens is best known for her role as Darlene Merriman in ABC's 'Head of the Class'. Some of the other stars include Lachlan Quarmby, Hilda Martin, and Rachel Boyd. 


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Who is Robin Givens?

The American actress and model was born in New York City. She was raised as a catholic and occasionally modeled and acted during her teens. At the age of 15, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College as a pre-medical major, becoming one of the youngest to attend the school. Givens claimed to have dropped out of Harvard Medical School to focus on her acting career, but the registrar's office stated that she never applied. 

In 1985, she won the guest spot on 'The Cosby Show' and Bill Cosby became her mentor. That same year, she landed her breakthrough role as rich girl Darlene Merriman on the ABC sitcom 'Head of the Class.' She's also appeared in 'The Women of Brewster Place' with Oprah Winfrey. In 2006, Givens attempted a return to television on MyNetworkTV's telenovela Saints and Sinners. Additionally, she has had a recurring role on the TBS show Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and a guest role on USA Network's Burn Notice.

How was Robin's marriage with Mike Tyson?

Robin Givens and Mike Tyson started seeing each other in late 1987. Tyson is an American boxer and a media personality who competed from 1985 to 2005. He is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. The duo got married in 1988, and after a short-lived marriage, they separated within a year.

With Tyson on her side, the 'Head of the Class' actress described being married to the then-heavyweight champion as "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine." In the interview with Barbara Walters, Givens said Tyson had an "extremely volatile temper," adding he had severe mental issues and that he had hit her. Robin claimed their marriage began to fall apart after her miscarriage in 1988. Tyson believes Givens' pregnancy was a ruse only to rush him to the wedding altar, noting that in all the time she was supposedly pregnant Givens never gained a pound. Givens received negative press following her split from Tyson, particularly within sports and the African American community.

How much did Givens make from the divorce?

Givens, who also filed a $125 million lawsuit for defamation against Tyson in 1988, claimed to have not received anything from the millionaire boxer. According to a report by The Sun, Robin Givens' lawyers have accused Mike Tyson of continually defaming their client over the past 35 years. Givens has demanded Tyson refrain from portraying her in a negative and defamatory light. Mike, who was estimated to be worth $50 million at that time, reportedly had to pay Robin Givens $10 million in a divorce settlement.

Catch Robin Given's latest movie exclusively on Lifetime releasing this June 25.