An arrest warrant is out for WWE Superstar Heath Slater on Wednesday for an incident that allegedly took place at a party following WrestleMania 27 in 2011, reports said.
According to Fox-5 TV in Atlanta, Slater–whose real name is Heath Miller–placed a woman who was working security at the after-party into a choke hold and tried to drag her into an elevator with the intent to take her back to his room at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
The guard, identified as Corinne Oliver, said she suffered damage to five vertebrae in her back.
She said she filed a complaint with a supervisor. However, it took about three months to file a police report, and Oliver said she took so long because she was waiting for her company do file it.
According to CageSideSeats, “Most troubling to WWE is a report that Oliver says other wrestlers witnessed the incident and did nothing to assist her,” and added: “With the increased profile of domestic violence due to the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases in the National Football League, there will certainly be some who will try to paint WWE into this picture.”
A lawyer for the WWE, Jerry McDevitt, said in a statement that the charges against Slater–not the company. “This is the same stance they have taken in the past with certain Superstar arrests,” said WrestlingInc.
Back in 2011, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the incident.
Oliver’s attorney told the paper at the time: “She basically said he [Slater] approached her and asked her to go to his room.
“She said no. He started telling her she was pretty and those type things. The next thing you know she was in a chokehold, and he was dragging her and bending her backward, trying to get her on the elevator to his room. She violently had to struggle to get his arm from around her neck,” she said.
Oliver, according to the police report, had to “twist her body to get loose, leaving her with back pains.”
Police said the incident was a possible “simple assault/battery.”