WWE is “looking into” a 2012 claim that Randy Orton exposed himself to the company’s writers and touched himself in front of them.
The SmackDown LIVE Superstar is under investigation after former WWE creative writer Court Bauer said on a podcast in 2012 that Orton would “initiate” new writers by pulling out his penis and touching himself.
WWE reps confirmed to multiple news outlets that the organization is in the process of “looking into the matter.”
The 2012 claim resurfaced after a Reddit user shared Bauer’s quotes about Orton.
Bauer recalled, “For every new writer that would show up, [Randy Orton] came in the room, put his hand down his pants, pull out his dick, touch himself, then say, ‘I’m Randy Orton, shake my hand … Oh, you don’t want to shake my hand? You’re big leaguing me? That’s fucked up man. Should I tell Vince [Vince McMahon] and Steph [Stephanie McMahon] you won’t shake Randy Orton’s hand?'”
According to Bauer, the writers would all start sweating and backing up into a corner while Orton went on a spiel with his penis hanging out. Bauer adds that Orton was very intense backstage and he could never tell if “he was fucking with you or he was really hot.”
Bauer said that on his first day working for WWE at a television event, Orton was just about to pull his penis out in front of him, but Stephanie McMahon suddenly appeared and “that shit went right back in his pants.” Bauer described it as “a teacher entering the classroom” and considers himself lucky.
When asked if he would have shaken Orton’s hand, Bauer said, “I don’t know. I’m a bit of a germaphobe.”
Bauer says this is something Orton did during his [Court’s] entire time at WWE (summer 2005 through summer 2007), and he’s surprised Orton didn’t get accused of sexual harassment.
You can listen to the episode (titled “Ribbing & Junk) here, but it’s behind a paywall. The story on Orton is mentioned in the episode description: “Randy Orton pulling his cock out in front of writers backstage at WWE shows.”
On Friday, Bauer addressed the incident on Twitter after a user directly tweeted him and asked if it really happened.
Bauer responded on his account with a flat, “Yes.”
— ScumbagTrav (@TeeravBain) August 10, 2018
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 10, 2018
According to a report by WrestlingInc.com, Orton joked about the allegations against him before a dark match that took place after SmackDown LIVE and 205 Live on Tuesday in Greenville, South Carolina.
Orton approached some WWE crew members at ringside before the match and offered to shake one guy’s hand. They shook hands and then the whole group broke out in laughter.
Orton teamed with Samoa Joe and United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a loss to Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and WWE Champion AJ Styles.