TAMPA — Raymond Leppan, a WWE professional wrestler known as Adam Rose, was arrested Wednesday on charges of domestic violence and witness tampering after deputies said he grabbed his wife and took her phone away to keep her from calling 911.
Leppan, 36, was arguing with his wife at their Lutz home when he grabbed her, pulled her toward him and screamed at her, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
When Leppan released her, she picked up the home telephone to call 911. During the call, the report said, Leppan grabbed the phone, preventing her from reporting the incident.
When a deputy arrived, the report said, Leppan admitted to pulling the phone away.
Leppan was arrested and booked into the Orient Road Jail on a charge of misdemeanor battery and a felony charge of preventing communication to law enforcement. He was being held Wednesday without bail.
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Raymond Leppan has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest," WWE said in a statement.
According to the policy, Leppan will be fired if he's convicted and could be reinstated if the charges are dropped or he's acquitted. However, a so-called morals clause in the company's booking contract gives the company "broad discretion to fine, suspend or terminate talent if "incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE."
Leppan was already serving a 60-day suspension after WWE determined he violated the WWE's "talent wellness program," which prohibits drug use. Leppan, a father of two young sons, later released a statement and a doctor's note showing that he was taking medication for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
"I have zero anger or animosity against the WWE but feel the administrators over the WWE Wellness policy were just simply not right in taking this action," he wrote in the statement. "But I feel facts are the facts and my family and I will be the ones putting our lives back together after this mess."
According to a 2014 CBS News report, Leppan was born in South Africa and had been wrestling since he was 6 years old. He wrestled as Leo Krugar in Florida Championship Wrestling, was twice the FCW heavyweight champion, and made his WWE debut in 2014.
"The lollipop-licking party boy with a psychedelic entrance who sashays to the ring before falling backwards off the second rope into the waiting arms of trippy groupies has gained quite a following since debuting in WWE," another CBS report said.
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