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WWE star Enzo Amore released, Phoenix police investigate sexual assault allegations

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 20:18:43-05

World Wresting Entertainment has released cruiserweight champion Eric Arndt (a.k.a. Enzo Amore) as a result of an active investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Phoenix. 

Phoenix police said the incident happened Oct. 19 at the Clarendon Hotel and Spa, near 3rd Avenue and Indian School Road. 

According to police, officers responded to a local hospital on Oct. 23 for a call of a sexual assault that occurred several days prior at the hotel. No other information has been released as the case is under investigation.

Arndt posted a statement from his attorney via Twitter on Tuesday: 

Over the past two days, Philomena Sheahan has made multiple public accusations against Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore with the WWE), including allegations of sexual misconduct concerning an October 2017 incident in Phoenix. Mr. Arndt fully and unequivocally denies those accusations. He is cooperating with authorities in this matter and looks forward to having it resolved in a timely manner. Neither Mr. Arndt nor his counsel will be making any further public comments on this matter.

WWE first announced on Monday that it had suspended Arndt. WWE released the following statement to ABC15 on Monday: “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."

Arndt worked for WWE since 2012. He was a member of NXT, WWE’s developmental brand, until 2016 when he was called up to the main roster. He is currently featured on Raw, WWE's Monday night show. He comprised the popular tag team “Enzo and Cass” alongside William Morrissey, a.k.a. Big Cass, from 2013-17. 

Arndt is currently the champion of WWE’s cruiserweight division, which features wrestlers who weigh 205 pounds or less. He has held the cruiserweight title since September.

A New Jersey native, Arndt played college football for Division III Salisbury University in Maryland from 2007-09. He was a manager of a Hooters restaurant before joining WWE.