Last Friday, 86-year-old Camille Ewald, whom Tyson calls his mother, chewed her nails, knuckles and bottom lip as Fuller led Tyson through his 75-minute testimony. This was no angry, defiant man who had come to denounce his accuser as he proclaimed his innocence. Instead, Tyson appeared as a hesitant, halting witness who seemed uncomfortable in the chair. Twice Fuller said, "Keep your voice up, please."
Tyson described how he had arrived in Indianapolis on July 17, and told the jury that he spent his first day and night in town with B Angie B, a rap singer who was performing in the city that weekend. The next day, Tyson said, he was at the Omni Severin Hotel, taping a promotional video for the Indiana Black Expo with contestants in the Miss Black America pageant when he first saw his accuser.
Tyson testified that about 20 minutes after they had met, the young woman consented to having a sexual encounter with him. He said, "I grabbed the girl and pushed her to me. 'Would you like to go out, do you want to go out?' And she said, 'Sure.' " Later, Tyson testified, "I said, I had told her—she said, 'Yes, we'll go out, we can go to a movie or dinner.'... I said, 'That's not what I want to do.... I want you.' "
"Did you say anything else?" Fuller asked.
"It's kind of crass," Tyson said. "I'd rather not say it, unless Your Honor gives me permission."
"You may say it," said Fuller.
"I explained to her that I wanted to —— her," Tyson said, using a common vulgarity for intercourse.
"What did she say?" asked Fuller.
"She said, 'Sure, just give me a call,' " Tyson testified.
Fuller then asked his client if the woman had made any comment about his direct approach. "She said, 'That's kind of bold,' " Tyson testified. Asked by Fuller how he responded to that, Tyson replied, "I said, 'That's the way I am. I just want to know what I'm getting before I'm getting into it.' "