BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden charged with rape.
UPDATED 13 July, 2019 – According to TMZ.com a bail has been set at $750,000.
Shocking news in the bodybuilding industry as 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden has reportedly been charged with rape.
According to several news sources, Shawn Rhoden, 44, was charged Thursday with rape and object rape, both first degree felonies, and forcible sexual abuse, a second degree felony.
The woman, a female competitive bodybuilder who described Rhoden as a mentor, went to visit Rhoden at his hotel on Oct. 12, 2018, while he was visiting Utah from California, according to the charging documents.
The woman told police that Rhoden forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her, despite her trying to push him away and telling him repeatedly to stop, the charges state.
She said Rhoden stopped and let her leave when she told him she needed to go downstairs or else an acquaintance waiting in the lobby would know “something (was) up,” according to the charges.
A DNA sample found on the woman’s body was matched to Rhoden, police said.
A warrant for his arrest was issued Thursday.
Rumors regarding this story have been circulating for a few months but no concrete facts have been released.
These events will surely put a black cloud over the 2019 Olympia Weekend that is to take place in less than 10-weeks.
Contrary to what the American press is reporting, the Olympia Weekend is not organized by the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) but it is organized by AMI (American Media Incorporated) and by the NPC/Pro League headed by Jim Manion.