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Abuse Victim Robin Givens Says Rihanna Should 'Take Her Time'

Robin Givens was a rising star in the 1980s when her famous husband, Mike Tyson, abused her. So she can relate to what Rihanna is going through now.

“It is so difficult to balance celebrity, being young and having this huge responsibility,” Givens, 44, told PEOPLE Thursday at Marshall’s “Shop Til It Stops” event in New York City’s Union Square to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “I was a baby. So I understand the pressure that Rihanna feels to speak out, especially when that camera is on you.

Robin Givens Strikes, Hurts Pedestrian

Robin Givens, the former star of “Head of the Class” and ex-wife of boxer Mike Tyson, struck and critically injured an 89-year-old woman who was crossing a busy intersection, according to published reports.

The actress, 39, was driving a Mercedes SUV in Miami on Wednesday when she hit Maria Antonia Alcover while the woman was crossing an intersection during rush hour, police spokesman Delrish Moss tells the Associated Press.