The Boston Globe newspaper is reporting that former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro has joined the class action lawsuit against WWE, spearheaded by attorney Konstantine Kyros. The former Diva Search winner is claiming that she was sexually assaulted while on a trip for the Tribute to the Troops show.
Massaro said that in 2006, she was sent to Kuwait with other WWE Superstars where the plan was to go to Iraq to perform a show. She claims she was sexually assaulted at a US military base and then examined by a company physician after she returned from Kuwait. She alleges the doctor reported the incident to WWE executives, who met with her “to apologize for their negligence, but [they] persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities.”
Massaro also says that she suffered several concussions, including one that rendered her unconscious for five minutes in the ring, while she performed for the company from 2005 to 2008. Massaro says she received no care after she was knocked out and alleges she was told to “shake it off.”
The 37-year-old former Playboy covergirl says she has undergone debilitating behavioral changes since she left the WWE, including developing a drug addiction, which the company helped her treat in 2010. She suffers depression, anxiety, memory loss, and migraine headaches, all of which have been associated with CTE, a disease that can only be diagnosed through a postmortem autopsy.
Among the other injuries she suffered while in the WWE are a hairline fracture of her spine, two herniated disks, an ankle fracture that required the insertion of a five-inch metal plate to repair and a shattered knuckle on her right hand.