Tom Cole, former WWE ring boy who accused officials of abuse and sexual harassment, has committed suicide

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Tom Cole has handed away because of suicide, in keeping with a put up by his brother Lee Cole on Twitter.

Cole labored as a hoop boy within the World Wrestling Federation within the late 80s and early 90s and later alleged that Director of Wrestling Operations Terry Garvin (actual identify Terry Joyal) sexually harassed him. It was additionally alleged that ring announcer Mel Phillips had a bizarre fascination with Cole’s toes and Pat Patterson groped him.

Cole alleged prime official grabbed his genitals quite a few occasions and he was pushed to the WWE official’s home the place he was requested to smoke marijuana, snort cocaine, and have intercourse. Cole says the official refused to take him residence when he refused the advances and he was fired on the next day. All three of the boys accused resigned however Patterson was ultimately introduced again.

In keeping with court docket paperwork, Cole says he was later supplied $55,000 to return and work as a crew member. The allegations had been coated all around the media on the time, together with an notorious episode of “Donahue” with Vince McMahon addressing allegations from Cole and others.

From the June 7, 1993 Wrestling Observer E-newsletter:

“Tom Cole, the WWF ringboy who was largely chargeable for a lot of the damaging publicity that surrounded the WWF final 12 months, filed a $1.6 million go well with towards Titan Sports activities, Pat Patterson, Mel Phillips and Terry Garvin this previous Tuesday. It is a lengthy, concerned story with many twists and turns. The lawsuit is a three-parter. Half one re-opens the claims of sexual harassment of a gay nature by prime WWF officers. Cole first introduced forth these claims final 12 months in a entrance web page article within the San Diego Union. The story didn’t identify any names, however did element sure conditions and had different ringboys declare sexual abuse was prevalent. Virtually instantly, Patterson, Phillips and Garvin, who had been the three males Cole’s preliminary claims had been about however whose names had but to be introduced out within the public, resigned their positions. Patterson was introduced again a number of months later however Phillips and Garvin by no means returned. Cole’s attorneys introduced forth a criticism that was settled earlier than a lawsuit was ever filed. The settlement was an settlement between Cole and Titan Sports activities final 12 months during which Cole acquired $55,000 and was rehired as a ringboy and supplied a try-out as a hoop announcer. As a part of the settlement, in keeping with the criticism, Cole agreed to by no means convey up his fees once more and Titan agreed by no means to ask him to retract his preliminary fees. The lawsuit claims Titan breached that settlement settlement by failing to present Cole a try-out as a hoop announcer which is essentially the crux of the brand new lawsuit, a breach of contract, and in addition mentioned Titan frequently tried to get Cole to go public and retract his sexual abuse and harassment fees. The third a part of the go well with claims that Titan officers tried to get Cole to signal an affidavit stating issues that weren’t true about his brother, Lee Cole, who on the time was happening a number of radio stations making claims. Tom Cole within the go well with claims he didn’t need to signal it however lastly did as a result of Titan wouldn’t permit him to depart a room till he signed it and the go well with claims he was falsely imprisoned. Whereas this isn’t sure, given the wording of the Titan lawsuit towards Phil Mushnick, it may be ascertained that the statements Cole signed claimed Mushnick and Lee Cole had conspired towards Titan and induced Tom to create an unfaithful story, which can have been a key level within the lawsuit towards Mushnick. Given the circumstances of what got here out publicly throughout that point, that particular cost of imprisonment sounds curious on the floor because it was well-known publicly on the time of the cut up between Tom Cole and Lee Cole. This new go well with additionally doesn’t identify names in relation to particular harassment fees by particular people because the earlier criticism did, and in addition doesn’t element incidents of sexual abuse because the preliminary criticism did which can also be curious.”

Lee Cole mentioned his brother’s allegations throughout an interview with Hannibal TV final 12 months.

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