WWE fires Enzo Amore after rape accusation as wrestling star denies claims
US professional wrestling company says in statement it has zero tolerance policy for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault
WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman claimed on Twitter he raped her, with police opening a sexual assault investigation.
The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired after initially being suspended.
Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt was being investigated after an incident at a downtown hotel in October. Police saidan accusation of assault was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days later, but did not release other details.
A lawyer representing Arndt said he denied the accusations and was cooperating with authorities.
WWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.
The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends.