WWE says it is “looking into” old allegations of sexual impropriety against Randy Orton that resurfaced last week.
Former WWE writer Court Bauer accused Orton of exposing himself to new writers as a form of “initiation” in a 2012 podcast. The story gained traction after a Reddit user reposted the quote.
“For every new writer that would show up, he comes in the room puts his hand down his pants, pulls out his d–k, touches himself, then says ‘I’m Randy Orton, shake my hand…oh you don’t want to shake my hand? You’re big leaguing me? That’s f–ked up man. Should I tell Vince and Steph you won’t shake Randy Orton’s hand?’
The writers would all start sweating and backing up into the corner, the guy’s d— is still hanging out, and he would be there cutting a promo on a guy with his d— hanging out for like five minutes. Court goes on to say Orton was very intense so you could never tell if he was f—— with you or [if] he was really hot.
Court says he was lucky, Randy did it to him on the first day he was with the company at TV and just as he was about to pull his d— out, Stephanie walked in, and that s— went right back in his pants. Court describes it as a teacher entering the classroom.
When asked if he would have shaken his hand, Court says “I don’t know. I’m a bit of a germaphobe.” Court says this was something Orton did during his [Court’s] entire time at the WWE, and he is surprised Orton didn’t get hit with sexual harassment.”
Bauer confirmed the story was true Friday on Twitter. Orton, 38, has been a mainstay with WWE for the better part of two decades. He has a history of issues outside the ring, most notably multiple violations of WWE’s Wellness Policy.
By all accounts, Orton has matured in recent years and has had seemingly no documented issues lately. It’s unclear if any WWE executives knew of the hazing ritual. Bauer said Orton did not harass him on his first day with the company because Stephanie McMahon was present.