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Affair over, woman called me daily, says Gunn
By CHRIS KITCHING - Winnipeg Sun




A pro wrestling star who had a turbulent affair with a Winnipeg woman sought help from police to put an end to her phone calls, text messages and e-mails.

In a complaint to the Lake County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office in August, Monty (Kip) Sopp accused his former mistress, Deborah Simmons, of harassing him on a daily basis after his wife became aware of the tryst and the affair fizzled.

Simmons, who was aware of the marriage, denied harassing the Sopps and claimed she was responding to the couple’s calls or messages to her.

The sordid, “he said, she said” ordeal grabbed headlines and was fodder for gossip websites because Simmons uploaded Sopp’s angry, profanity-laden phone rants to a website.

In the calls, the married wrestler blamed Simmons for ruining his marriage and life. Her two kids are heard in the background of some calls.

Simmons, 24, denied accusations she posted the material for revenge over being rejected by Sopp and refuted claims she wants attention, but on her Facebook page she boasted about the number of visitors to the website.

Sopp, 46, claimed Simmons ignored repeated requests to leave him alone, according to a deputy’s report. The deputy called Simmons to tell her not to contact Sopp.

“(She) stated she does contact Mr. Sopp, however, she thought they were friends,” the report stated.

Sopp, a Florida resident, was advised how to pursue charges with his local state attorney’s office. It was unclear whether he did.

Sopp is best known for his (Badd Ass) Billy Gunn persona in World Wrestling Entertainment, which released him in 2004.

He currently works for Winnipeg-based Wrestling Fan Xperience and is scheduled to appear at its next event Oct. 1. He and Simmons hooked up after a WFX event last March, leading to a months-long romance.

WFX vice-president Mike Davidson accused Simmons of being a bad influence on Sopp, who is still with his wife Paula.

“This isn’t Tiger Woods or Mel Gibson. (Sopp’s) wife is staying with him because she knows he was manipulated through this entire ordeal,” Davidson said. “I stand by him 100%. It’s a sad story but the biggest victim isn’t Deborah or Kip or WFX, it’s Paula.”

Simmons said she wasn’t a bad influence and didn’t manipulate Sopp.

She said she hasn’t received a dime for the material or for telling the story.

Simmons was subjected to a wave of criticism after the story was published in Friday’s Winnipeg Sun.

Most readers who commented at www.winnipegsun.com treated Simmons to a barrage of insults and accusations, although Sopp wasn’t spared either.

RELATED LINKS
Kip James/Billy Gunn bio and story archive