August 16, 2009
TNA World champion Kurt Angle was arrested on Saturday in Pittsburgh for apparently stalking his girlfriend, Trenesh Biggers, better known as Rhaka Khan. He was released on bond.
The 40-year-old angle, who lives in Moon, Penn., a suburb of Pittsburgh, was arrested early in the morning in a supermarket parking lot in Robinson, Penn. According to a police affidavit, Biggers was inside the Starbucks, sending out an email, afraid to do so from her own home, which she shares with Angle. She called police after noticing Angle driving around the parking lot.
At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Biggers had obtained a protection from abuse order (PFA), claiming that Angle had abused her.
Upon his arraignment on charges of harassment, police also was charged with possession of the human growth hormone Hygetropin, and possession of a syringe to use the controlled substance, police said. The affidavit said that Angle told police the drug is legally prescribed to him.
Apparently Angle and Biggers had a fight Friday night, and Moon police forced Angle to leave their home. At his arrest Saturday, Angle claimed he was looking for a hotel because he could not go home.
Angle's car was towed away by police because his driver's license was suspended after a previous drunken-driving arrest.
Angle, the current heavyweight champion of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, was scheduled to appear in a TNA Wrestling event Sunday night in Orlando, Fla. Steven Godfrey, spokesman for Nashville, Tenn.-based TNA Wrestling, declined comment on the arrest but said the main event between Angle, Sting and "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan would go on as scheduled.
Godfrey also said TNA has a drug policy in place for staff and performers, but he declined to release the details.
Angle's phone number is unlisted. Messages left for lawyer Michael Santicola, who has represented him previously, were not immediately returned.
Angle is a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion at Clarion University in western Pennsylvania. He won the 220-pound championship at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, defeating Iran's Abbas Jadidi for the gold medal, and has been a professional wrestler since 1998.
In September, Angle was found not guilty of drunken driving in Moon Township outside Pittsburgh. A motorist told police Angle had cut her off while leaving a bar parking lot.
There is a preliminary hearing set for Angle's case on Tuesday before District Judge Carla Swearingen in Robinson.