In the last few days, the bodybuilding community shook after hearing the 1st-degree rape charges against 2018 Mr. Olympia champ Shawn Rhoden. There were reports that the warrant has already been issued and according to a TMZ news outlet, the bail has been set for $750,000.
Then things got worse for Rhoden when American Media LLC the company owns Mr. Olympia Contest, CEO David Pecker announced shortly afterward that they have revoked the eligibility of Shawn Rhoden to compete in the 2019 Mr. Olympia competition and the future years.
Today this afternoon the IFBB Pro President Jim Manion release a statement about Shawn Rhoden’s case which can be read as below:
“The IFBB Professional League has not at this time taken any actions for or against Shawn Rhoden”
The accuser a female competitive bodybuilder who described Shawn Rhoden as a mentor, claims she went to visit champion at his hotel on Oct. 12, 2018, when Rhoden was visiting Utah. The woman is married claims that Rhoden sexually assaulted her despite she pushed him away and telling him repeatedly not to do, as per a police report.
We will continue to update you as new details emerge on the situation.