Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sable Pounds WWF with $110 Million Suit

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sable Pounds WWF with $110 Million Suit

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Pro wrestling champion Sable is suing the World Wrestling Federation for $110 million, complaining it wanted her to participate in a lesbian story line, expose her breasts on TV and appear in sexually degrading photos.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, charges that professional wrestling has become increasingly "obscene, titillating, vulgar and unsafe."

Known for her waist-length hair and scanty outfits, Sable, a Jacksonville native whose real name is Rena Mero, said the WWF stripped her of her championship belt by scripting her defeat in a televised Monday Night Raw match three weeks ago.

Her downfall, she claims, came after she repeatedly refused to have her gown torn off on national television, exposing her breasts.

Jerry McDevitt, a lawyer for the WWF, said her allegations are absolutely untrue. "It's the legal equivalent of a rabbit punch," he said.

Mero's lawsuit was filed less than two weeks after the death of WWF wrestler Owen Hart. During a May 23 pay-per-view event, Hart fell more than 70 feet to his death while being lowered to the ring on a cable.

During her nearly three years with the WWF, Mero -- who lives on Amelia Island with her husband and daughter -- went from valet for her real-life wrestling husband, Marc Mero, to the WWF women's champion. …

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