Bodybuilding superstar Shawn Rhoden, the 2018 Mr. Olympia winner, has been charged with 1st degree rape in Utah after allegedly sexually assaulting a female bodybuilder in 2018.
Cops in Salt Lake City tell TMZ Sports that 44-year-old Rhoden, who goes by Flexatron, has not been arrested, but a warrant has been issued.
Below is a press release by American Media LLC the company, who runs the Mr. Olympia events.
“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, today announced that he is revoking the eligibility of 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden from competing in the 2019 and future Mr. Olympia competitions. The announcement follows the recent charges that led to a warrant issued in Utah for Mr. Rhoden stemming from an alleged incident in October 2018.”
“In addition to revoking Mr. Rhoden’s eligibility from future Mr. Olympia competitions, American Media also announced that it would suspend coverage of Mr. Rhoden in its media brands, including Muscle & Fitness and FLEX, until the legal process has been completed.”