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WWE star Randy Orton attacked by fan
By QMI Agency

Randy Orton in action during WWE Live at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fl. June 8, 2013. (JLN Photography/

The attack that WWE star Randy Orton experienced in the ring during a match in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday night was real.

Orton received a punch to the groin from a fan who climbed into the ring and sneaked up behind him after he climbed onto a turnbuckle to pump up the crowd. Security then intervened and the fan was taken away.

And the WWE is acknowledging the attack was not part of the show.

" has learned that Randy Orton was violently attacked by an audience member during a SmackDown World Tour Live Event in Cape Town, South Africa, this evening. Footage of the attack was captured by a WWE fan and posted to YouTube, and shows the perpetrator striking Orton from behind. The matter is currently under investigation by the local authorities, and the South African fan is being held in jail pending criminal charges. The extent of Orton's injuries are unknown at this time."