Shawn Rhoden banned from Mr Olympia following rape allegations

By July 12, 2019

Shawn Rhoden, Mr Olympia 2018, has had his eligibility for competing in the 2019 Mr Olympia and future Mr Olympia competitions revoked.

American Media, LLC Chairman and CEO David J. Pecker, owner and operator of Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and the Mr. Olympia Contest, made the announcement on Friday following the recent charges that led to a warrant issued in Utah for Rhoden.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in October 2018 when Rhoden, who is from Jamaica, is said to have raped a female bodybuilder who visited him at a hotel in Utah in October 2018, less than a month after he became the oldest man ever to win the Mr Olympia title.

According to media reports, the victim alleged that Rhoden forced himself on her despite she telling him repeatedly to stop and she only managed to escape when she told him she needed to go downstairs or “else an acquaintance waiting in the lobby would know "something (was) up", reports said.

Those reports also said a DNA sample taken from the women was matched to Rhoden.

According to Pecker, in addition to revoking Mr Rhoden's eligibility from future Mr Olympia competitions, American Media will also suspend coverage of Mr. Rhoden in its media brands, including Muscle & Fitness and FLEX, until the legal process has been completed.


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