JUNE 4 - Sable is body-slamming the World Wrestling Federation.
Her lawsuit, filed Thursday in Connecticut federal court, alleges sexual
harassment and unsafe working conditions in an "obscene" atmosphere fueled
by "roid rage."
The blonde wife and mother, whose real name is Rena Mero, wants out of her
contract with the WWF, which made her famous. She's asking for $100
million in damages, the right to retain the name Sable and profits from
future merchandising of that moniker.
Mero, recently seen in a nude Playboy spread, has helped fuel the WWF's
top ratings on cable television.
But her lawsuit--followed by a strongly accusatory TV Guide interview, in
which she also discusses steroid abuse, peep holes between men's and
women's dressing rooms, and an incident where someone put feces in her gym
bag--could present a significant setback for the wrestling organization.
The accusation of unsafe conditions comes just after the accidental onair
falling death of WWF wrestler Owen Hart last month.
"I was asked to go in to the ring and perform things I was very
uncomfortable with--doing jumps from high ropes in five inch heels," Mero
tells the magazine.
"Each match has a predetermined outcome," she adds in the publication.
"But it doesn't always turn out that way. A lot of tempers get very heated
in the ring."
As for whether the WWF's athletes use steroids, Mero was a little less
direct, but she did tell the magazine that organization owner/showman
Vince McMahon no longer insists his wrestlers take drug tests.
Wrestling smells big bucks in fragrances
"I can't say for certain. But ...it's common knowledge that you do not
look like the people in our sport without enhancement. The wrestlers, the
crew that we count on to set up the ring and the ramp--I believe may be on
Mero also alleges that her refusal to expose her breasts in the ring led
to the downgrading of her status and the removal of her championship belt.
"There is a time and place for that," she adds. "...in the middle of a
wrestling arena where they're serving alcohol and there are screaming
fans--including children--in the front row, I don't feel like that is the
proper place to be exposed.
"Posing for Playboy for me was a classy and tasteful thing to do," adds
Mero, who insists she's a responsible parent who doesn't let her young
daughter, Mariah, watch wrestling on television.
Six years ago, McMahon gave Mero a job when her wrestler husband, Marc
Mero, signed with the company. Her star rose swiftly, prompting jealousy
among fellow competitors.
Recently, McMahon altered the Sable character from good temptress to
conniving heel, a move which, reportedly, has confused fans, who
apparently would rather slather over than boo the built babe
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