Austin Aries Will Be Disciplined For Christy Hemme Incident

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden is reporting that Austin Aries will be disciplined for the incident involving Christy Hemme at last week’s Impact Wrestling taping in Tupelo, Mississippi. Madden cites comments made to him by Spike TV’s senior VP of communications David Schwarz.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment,” Schwarz said. “We discussed [the incident] with our partner. [Aries is] being disciplined. I’m trying to get more information on what action is being taken. Dixie Carter took this very personally. He will be disciplined. Again, we have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment.

“I’m not sure specifically how [the discipline] will be handled. To what extent, I don’t know. This is certainly something we don’t condone and don’t tolerate. Such behavior is not welcome.

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The incident occurred after Christy Hemme inadvertently introduced Bad Influence rather than Aries and Bobby Roode on last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling. Aries got in the ring and backed Hemme into the corner and told her to re-introduce them. He then climbed to the middle rope with her in the corner, essentially forcing his privates directly into her face. The incident aired live on Spike TV.

You can watch footage at this link or embedded in the video below:

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Hemme later Tweeted that Aries’ actions were unacceptable. Below is her Tweet:

Her response didn’t sit well with the former TNA Champion, who pseudo-responded by Tweeting:

Messages left for Aries were not immediately returned. Christy Hemme was in Hawaii over the weekend.

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  • Chris

    Sexual harassment is something made up by ugly people to get attention! Fact!!

    • LuukV

      Though I don’t agree with your comment there Chris, I gotta say: Christy botched that segment pretty badly (and not for the first time might I add) and what AA did was just his way of making light of the situation.

      At least, that’s what it looked like to me. I guess she just took offense to it.

    • Brad Drysdale

      What an ignorant thing to say. It’s moronic things like this that make people think sexual harrassment is ok.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bijan.nowroozian Bijan Nowroozian

    She made a mistake. A simple and innocent one too. The announcers in WWE have made the same mistake. It does no harm.

    Getting in a woman’s face, yelling at her in a threatening manner, and putting your privates in her face is out of line no matter what the reasoning is. There are things that go well beyond wrestling. Thinking its okay to do what Aries did is unacceptable.

    While I dont think Aries should be fired, punishment and a clear message to other wrestlers that sexual harassment and getting in a woman’s face is inexcusable is a necessity. Especially, when you’re on national television.

  • 1molly23

    Riiiiiiight. It’s a work.

  • Snitch

    Just another reason why women shouldn’t be announcers or interviewers in men’s sports. They get too sensitive and cry foul when men act like men… at least the women wrestlers can kick ‘em in the balls if need be cause they are athletes and know how to handle it.

  • James

    It might just be me but maybe Austin Aries wasn’t trying to put his junk in her face. But was just posing on the top rope corner she was standing by. Awkward situation either way.