WWE released cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore on Tuesday after it was revealed that he was under investigation for sexual assault.
A woman said Monday on Twitter that she had been raped by Enzo Amore in October in Phoenix. While describing the incident, she also said she had filed a report with the Phoenix police department, which has been confirmed by ProWrestlingSheet.com.
In response, WWE released this statement:
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault. Until this matter is resolved, Eric Arndt (aka Enzo Amore) has been suspended."
On Tuesday, the WWE said it had come to terms on his release. It is possible the reason for the quick firing (as opposed to other cases of sexual assault in the past) is that Amore did not tell WWE about the investigation, which has been going on for several months. Despite there being no official findings yet, this could fall under the company's morality clause, giving the organization grounds to fire him.
WWE instituted a sexual assault policy in 2014 that specifies that any talent would be suspended immediately for an arrest, and that WWE can suspend for any evidence found. Here's what the section of the WWE Wellness Policy says about sexual assault:
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated. WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE. Section 9.13(a) of the WWE booking contract, commonly known as the “morals clause”, provides WWE with broad discretion and authority to act under such circumstances.”
Enzo Amore was scheduled to defend his cruiserweight title against Cedric Alexander at the Royal Rumble this coming Sunday.
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