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Heath Slater has been accused of assaulting a female security guard in Atlanta the morning after WrestleMania on April 4. The guard accused Slater of propositioning her for sex, and when she refused, choking her to the point where she had to wrestle out of the grip and escape. Slater denies the accusation, saying he was with his fiancee at the time of the alleged assault. The report was not filed until June 22nd, mainly because of consultation and other legal wrangling.
WWE spokesman Jerry McDevitt had a very interesting response to this. When asked about the incident by local Atlanta news, he said "The alleged victim is making claims against Slater individually, and it’s being investigated. This has nothing to do with the WWE." Obviously, what he says seems cut and dried, but I feel like if I read between the lines there, it sounds like if anything comes of this, the WWE wouldn't be slow to cut ties with Slater.
It'll be interesting to see if anything comes from this, but it is a very bad situation for a company that has had employees getting into trouble this year. Granted, if Rock, John Cena, Michael Cole and CM Punk putting their feet in their mouths at various points are black eyes, this comes as a broken nose if anything else comes from it.
I did have one problem with the article. They referred to Slater as a "popular pro wrestler". That's an out-and-out lie, amirite?