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:
— Christy (@hemmepowered) May 10, 2013
Her response didn't sit well with the former TNA Champion, who pseudo-responded by Tweeting:
Pretty nuts, some of the junk people get the balls to say over the net, knowing they couldn't to your face...Eh, anyway, time to sack out.
— Austin Healy Aries (@AustinAries) May 12, 2013
Messages left for Aries were not immediately returned. Christy Hemme was in Hawaii over the weekend.