Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore released a statement today on social media explaining that police have dropped the investigation into sexual assault allegations made against him due to insufficient evidence.
In January, a woman named Philomena Sheahan accused Enzo, real name Eric Arndt, of raping her at a downtown hotel in Phoenix, Arizona last October. According to reports, the WWE released him less than 24 hours after the news broke because he failed to alert the company of the allegations before they were made public.
Today’s statement from the counsel for Arndt reveals that he had no knowledge of the allegations until Sheahan went on the “unfounded tirade on social media.” The statement reads:
“On January 22, 2018, Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)) was accused, the internet and social media, of misconduct during an alleged incident in Phoenix, Arizona several months earlier. Prior to that date, no law enforcement or any other officials had contacted Mr. Arndt regarding such claims. However, after the careless, unfounded tirade on social media, Mr. Arndt learned of these accusations when his counsel reached out to Phoenix Police. Subsequently, and as evidenced by the vast amount of online admissions and other publicly available information, it was soon clear that the accuser exhibited a complete lack of truth or credibility. At all times, Mr. Arndt fully and unequivocally denied such accusations and remained confident in clearing his name.”
“The Phoenix Police Department recently informed Mr. Arndt and his counsel that there is insufficient evidence in this matter to warrant any criminal charges, that the matter will not be transferred to the County Attorney for prosecution, and that their investigation and case is closed. No charges were ever filed. The matter is closed.”
Additionally, the statement expresses Enzo’s gratitude for the continued support from his fans and cites that he is “working diligently toward his next venture in the entertainment industry and looks forward to reconnecting with his fans in a big way in the very near future.”
As of now, it’s unclear if he has plans to return to the WWE.