The woman whom boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping says she was offered $1-million to recant, according to a partial transcript released Thursday of her first television interview.
Desiree Washington, 19, of Coventry, R.I., said in an interview with ABC News' 20/20 that the money was offered to her before the trial started Jan. 27. The interview is scheduled to be aired at 10 tonight. The Tampa Bay area's ABC affiliate is Ch. 10.
"I said, "No way.' I reported it to my lawyer, who took it to a higher authority, and it's being taken care of," she said.
Marion County prosecutor Jeffrey Modisett confirmed on Thursday that an East Coast FBI office had investigated Washington's allegations and that no further action would be taken.
The television interview was the first that Washington had granted since Tyson's conviction Feb. 10 on charges of rape and criminal deviate conduct.
Washington said she was not at liberty to say who offered her the money but said they told her what she should say when she retracted the accusation.
"They told me to say that I was afraid because of what happened to Patricia Bowman _ that I was afraid because of how Anita Hill was exploited. They gave me a million excuses," Washington told correspondent Barbara Walters in the interview Monday in New York.
Bowman accused William Kennedy Smith, nephew of Sen. Edward Kennedy, of raping her last spring at the Kennedy family compound in Palm Beach. Smith was acquitted in December. Hill, a University of Oklahoma law professor, testified during Senate confirmation hearings last fall that she had been sexually harassed by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who went on to be confirmed.
Indianapolis TV station WTHR reported Wednesday that the FBI was investigating whether a leader of the nation's largest black religious group tried to coerce Washington into changing her story. The station did not name its sources.
The Rev. T.J. Jemison, president of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc., acknowledged on Wednesday he had telephoned Washington before the trial.
"I asked her why she was going through with this," Jemison said from his Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La.
Jemison said he did not try to pressure her into changing her story or to offer her money. He did say, however, that Washington's father, Donald, had made a passing reference to financial assistance for the family.
"I said we don't normally have that kind of money, but we could always help if you need help," Jemison said.