Audience Member Who Attacked Pro-Wrestler Charged With Assault and Trespass

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E) – Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart was attacked by an audience live on camera during the induction ceremony for the WWE Hall of Fame at the MetLife Stadium in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Hart was giving a speech inside the ring when the attacker, identified as Zachary Madsen from Lincoln, Nebraska, jumped into the ring and tackled the wrestler. Other wrestlers stepped in to separate Hart from his attacker. After Madsen was subdued and taken out of the ring, Hart continued his speech.

Contrary to rumors that the attack was staged given the characteristic of most WWE events where most narratives are scripted, the attack was not faked and the Madsen is facing criminal charges for assault and trespass.

Brooklyn judge Laura A. Ward order Madsen to be held on a $1,500 bail. She also issued two protective orders in favor of Hart, prohibiting Madsen from having any contact with the 61-year-old and one member of the WWE security team, The New York Times reported.

Hart and the security personnel suffered injuries during the incident. The wrestler, in particular, suffered a hip injury after he fell to the ground as a result of the attack. He was immediately treated at the scene.

Prosecutors said that Madsen told the police that he “felt it was the right moment” to go after the wrestler, Sports Illustrated wrote.

Madsen’s lawyer said his client is “agreeable and cooperative” with the proceedings and has no prior convictions, although is reportedly awaiting trial for violating a protective order against a mixed martial arts fighter who claimed he was being stalked by Madsen.

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