Mr. Olympia Champion Shawn Rhoden Accused of Alleged Sexual Assault
UPDATE: TMZ Sports has obtained official docs from the case reporting that bail has been set for $750,000.
The bodybuilding world has been caught off guard by the sudden news that Mr. Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden has been accused of alleged sexual assault.
News recently broke on this incident and has been confirmed by a number of outlets.
While the news is still fresh and comes as a shock to many, details on the incident are still slowly coming to light. Deseret News reports the following:
“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.”
This comes as Shawn Rhoden is set to star in a feature documentary about his life story leading up to his Mr. Olympia 2018. Titled Flexatron: Becoming Shawn Rhoden – the film is set to release on July 26.
Generation Iron will continue to follow this story as it develops.