Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has been warned about her boyfriend’s behavior in relation to the ongoing DUI Manslaughter charge the WWE alum is facing.
Sytch has been charged with DUI Manslaughter, among other charges, in relation to the death of 75-year-old driver Julian Lasseter, who was involved in a three-vehicle collision earlier this year.
The Dayton Beach News-Journal reports that during the hearing on Thursday, Sytch was warned about her boyfriend James Pente, who issued a nasty comment to Ashley Terwilleger, the Assistant State Attorney overseeing the prosecution.
Terwilleger spoke about being confronted by Pente on the street:
“He didn’t approach me, but he spoke to me, not surprisingly, as I was passing by. He called me a dirty (expletive), among other things that I didn’t fully catch.”
The judge told Sytch that if Pente is to be present for hearings, he must act respectfully to those involved.
“So you understand ma’am, if you want him to be present in court, this kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable and I will not allow him to be present if he’s going to disrupt proceedings or be inappropriate or unprofessional or threatening in any manner. So if you talk to him, you let him know that this could rise to the level of contempt of court and if he were to do something like that, I would go into proceedings to see if I would sanction him for his behavior at the courthouse.”
Sytch has pled not guilty to the DUI Manslaughter charge, which could see her spend decades in prison if convicted.
The WWE Hall of Famer has argued that a medical condition in Lasseter unrelated to the crash she caused at the time is the reason for his death.
Pente was unable to be reached by the outlet for comment on the matter.