Tammy Sytch, better known as Sunny during her WWE wrestling career, has been arrested.
The 49-year-old, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, was taken into custody in Keansburg, New Jersey, on Thursday, January 13, charged with two counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon and one count of terroristic threats.
Specific details regarding the allegations against Sytch are unclear at the time of writing. She’s currently being held in Monmouth County Jail.
As per TMZ Sports, while the ‘exact nature of the alleged crimes are unclear’, the weapons charges are classified as third-degree, while the threats charge is fourth-degree. The alleged weapon also isn’t believed to be a firearm.
‘A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorise another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience,’ New Jersey’s criminal justice code explains.
‘A violation of this subsection is a crime of the second degree if it occurs during a declared period of national, state or county emergency. The actor shall be strictly liable upon proof that the crime occurred, in fact, during a declared period of national, state or county emergency,’ it adds.
Sytch achieved fame in the 1990s as the WWF’s first Diva, at one point becoming the most downloaded celebrity on the internet.
However, she’s been embroiled in a number of legal issues over the past decade. In 2012, Sytch was arrested five times over a four-week period for disorderly conduct, third-degree burglary, and three counts of violating a protective order.
In January 2013, she was arrested for violating a protective order, which saw her serving 114 days behind bars. Between May and June in 2015, she was arrested three times for driving under the influence. She earlier said she pleaded guilty because she was ‘blackout drunk’, and described it as the worst relapse of her life.
Most recently prior to this week’s arrest, she was detained on July 13, 2020, for allegedly eluding a police officer, contempt/violation of a domestic violence restraining order, and operating a motor vehicle during a second licence suspension. She was released in June last year.
‘The incident which led to this last incarceration stemmed from some major misunderstandings. However I accept responsibility and have used this time to make a better me and put my past mistakes behind me,’ Sytch said in a previous statement.
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