Recently-deceased WWE Diva Ashley Massaro was reportedly raped while performing for the troops overseas, according to an affidavit.
Massaro, who simply went by “Ashley” under the WWE label, mentioned the sexual assault as part of a lawsuit related to head injuries.
The incident allegedly took place in 2006, when she and a few other WWE personalities went on a two-week tour overseas to support the military. During that time, they traveled to Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.
While in Kuwait, Massaro suffered from menstrual cramps and was asked to rest in an air-conditioned HMMWV. When informed that she was dehydrated, she was provided an IV, despite claiming she didn’t want it.
Eventually, she agreed to keep the IV and visit the sick bay, where she encountered a man “dressed in an orange t-shirt and cargo shorts,” who claimed to be an Army doctor.
Several staff members remarked that it was the doctor’s birthday, and Massaro recalls the man starting another IV “of unknown substance” in her other arm as a uniformed female Soldier looked on.
“Almost immediately after, the alleged doctor and the woman in fatigues moved me into a treatment room and placed me on a table,” Massaro claimed in the affidavit, obtained by Chris Brosnahan. “The woman guarded the door while the man proceeded to inject me with a drug that caused me to be unable to move my body or scream.”
From then on, Massaro claimed, things went downhill.
“The man then proceeded to violently rape and sodomize me,” she wrote. “I was completely helpless to defend myself, against this attack, as the drug he injected rendered me temporarily paralyzed.”
Soon, a WWE employee by the name of Gary Hart came to check on Massaro, causing the two servicemembers to flee. Observing the situation and putting two and two together, he wrapped her in a blanket and carried her to the HMMWV, which took her back to the hotel.
Recounting the event, Massaro claimed she was disturbed to have been delivered to the man in orange as “some type of sick birthday present,” and quickly brought it up with WWE head Vince McMahon.
“Vince led the meeting with these men and asked me to recount what happened in Kuwait. Then he said it was not in the best interest of the WWE for me to make the information about my attack public. I was still completely traumatized at that point and I just agreed,” she wrote. “It was clear that there had already been a conversation and that they had reached a decision on their own prior to consulting with me as this was not a debate but rather Vince instructing me to keep this confidential.”
Later, McMahon would apologize for the incident, but ask that it be kept quiet, as not to upset the relationship between the WWE and the military.
“He told me not to let one bad experience ruin the good work they were doing. His lack of sensitivity in referring to my ordeal as ‘one bad experience’ left me speechless,” she wrote.
Ashley Marie Massaro was found dead in her Long Island home on May 16, 2019. She was ten days shy of her 40th birthday.
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