Shawn Rhoden makes statement through lawyers.

The Shawn Rhoden case has shocked the bodybuilding world to its core.

Since news broke about the sexual assault allegations, the fitness and bodybuilding world has been waiting for a statement from Shawn Rhoden. Now we finally have something.

Today Shawn Rhoden appeared in court for the first time and made a statement through his legal representation. You can check out our GI news report recap above or read the official statement below:

From the offiCial website of the law firm Collins, Gann, McCloskey and Barry:

Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden Entered a Not Guilty Plea

“Shawn Rhoden had an initial appearance today in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he appeared voluntarily with counsel. Prior to his appearance in court, negotiations occurred between his defense team and prosecutors in which the prosecutor’s bail request was reduced from $750k to $250k. The arrest warrant was vacated. Shawn entered a plea of not guilty. He is represented by Rick Collins, Esq., of New York and L. Monte Sleight, Esq., of Salt Lake City. Shawn deeply appreciates his many fans and supporters, especially those who are standing by him during this difficult time. He vigorously denies the charges. He has no statement for the media at this time. He looks forward to being cleared of these false accusations in court.”

Shawn Rhoden is innocent until proven guilty. Generation Iron will continue to follow this case and report when more news becomes available.

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Jacob Ladon
Jacob Ladon is a staff writer and former amateur bodybuilder. He has been passionate about bodybuilding since he was 15 years old and discovered the joys of training in the gym. He reports and comments on all bodybuilding related matters.