MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler and his fiancee, Lauryn McBride, are facing domestic assault charges.
According to the WWE, Lawler has been suspended.
“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” WWE said in a statement.
Lawler, 66, and McBride, 27, were booked into the Shelby County Jail around 1 a.m. Friday. According to the affidavit, the two were involved in a violent confrontation at Lawler’s home in East Memphis.
McBride claims Lawler struck her in the head and pushed her against a stove while Lawler claims McBride scratched him in the face, threw a candle at him and kicked him in the groin.
McBride also alleged Lawler got an unloaded pistol, put it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself. Lawler said McBride was intoxicated and claims McBride is the one who brought the pistol into the kitchen.
Lawler has been a public figure in the Memphis area for more than 40 years. His wrestling career has spanned decades and he even ran for Memphis mayor a few times.
He owns a restaurant on Beale Street.
Lawler was previously arrested in 1999 for throwing a ticket at a Memphis police officer and running over his foot.