A former skilled wrestler who has been accused by a number of ladies of sexual misconduct labored briefly on the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland earlier than he was just lately dismissed, park officers mentioned Wednesday.
Joseph Meehan, recognized within the wrestling world as Joey Ryan, labored for the theme park for about three months in a probationary standing till Disneyland declined to rent him as a full-time worker, based on Disneyland officers.
“Mr. Meehan is not employed by us,” a Disneyland spokesperson mentioned, declining to elaborate on why he was not given a everlasting job and whether or not the harassment allegations performed a task in that call.
The theme park’s screening course of for potential workers features a prison background test, however Disneyland officers mentioned that test didn’t alert them in regards to the harassment accusations in opposition to Meehan, below his stage title, that appeared in social media posts, wrestling fan websites and sports activities blogs lately.
A number of makes an attempt to succeed in Meehan via his lawyer and thru electronic mail have been unsuccessful.
Meehan labored as an expert wrestler from 2000 till as just lately as 2019, beginning as a founding member of the Professional Wrestling Guerrilla, making appearances in matches promoted by World Wrestling Leisure and being featured within the Nationwide Wrestling Alliance. His wrestling persona was a macho, mustachioed playboy who wore Speedos and sun shades.
In previous social media posts, Meehan has denied the allegations of sexual harassment raised throughout the “Talking Out” motion, which introduced consideration to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in wrestling. He filed a minimum of seven libel and slander lawsuits in opposition to the ladies who accused him of harassment.
Virtually all of these lawsuits have been both dismissed or not pursued by Meehan, based on courtroom data. In a single case, a choose threw out Meehan’s go well with, citing an anti-SLAPP statue, which can be utilized to stop highly effective entities from intimidating critics for working towards free speech. Meehan’s lawyer, Joe Utzurrum, mentioned a federal courtroom case filed by his consumer is pending.
Meehan’s quick tenure at Disneyland comes because the park works to retrain and rent sufficient individuals to return to the total staffing of about 32,000 workers employed earlier than the pandemic. The Disneyland resort, which now employs about 30,000 staff, is anticipated to succeed in full capability ranges this summer season as demand for journey rebounds now that COVID-19 well being restrictions have been lifted and masks are not required within the park.