Sunday, June 7, 2015
Today, June 7, in wrestling history
16 years ago in 1999, Rena "Sable" Mero filed a lawsuit against the WWF asking for $110 million and the Sable name. She had last worked for the company three weeks earlier at the No Mercy UK pay-per-view event. In the complaint, she was seeking relief on claims of negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, negligent infliction of emotional distress, unlawful discharge, and violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. These are some notable excerpts from the complaint:
"After repeatedly refusing to have her gown torn off on national television, and after refusing to expose her breasts on national television (by a 'scripted mistake'), she was advised by Defendant that her championship belt was to be lost in her next match. She was, according to Defendant's chief executive, Vince McMahon, being a 'prima donna' and the WWF would move on to its next queen."
"Subsequently, she found her appearances canceled and her merchandise pulled from store shelves. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Mero found her personal effects in her dressing room smeared with feces."
"Mrs. Mero raised with McMahon her concerns regarding the safety of appearing in Defendant's wrestling events. In this regard, she told McMahon that she had no training as a wrestler and had undergone breast implant surgery which could pose a serious health risk if she were to experience a frontal fall. McMahon again represented to and assured Plaintiff that wrestling events staged by the WWF were safe and that she need riot be concerned about safety or health risks."
"Mrs, Mero bitterly complained about her concerns and the humiliation that she was constantly facing, which was not only interfering with her well-being, but with her safety and state of mind. For example, men would routinely walk into the women's dressing room as if by accident; men would cut holes in the walls to watch the women dressing; extras were hired as WWF regulars to expose their breasts; big nipple contests were engaged in; men regularly bragged about their sexual encounters without regard to the women present; WWF produced catalogues and tee-shirts depicting Mrs. Mero In a degrading fashion offering sexual favors; Mrs. Mero was requested to display affection to women to promote a 'lesbian angle'; Mrs. Mero was asked to have her gown ripped off repeatedly (notwithstanding promises to the contrary), and Plaintiff was asked to expose her breasts by 'mistake' on national television during a wrestling contest."
Credit: David Bixenspan @ wrestlinginc.com