During last summer’s #SpeakingOut movement, Michael Elgin (real name Aaron Frobel) was accused by multiple women of inappropriate sexual behavior. The allegations, which were in addition to a 2017 scandal where Frobel was said to have mishandled a reported sexual assault by a wrestler working for the independent promotion he owned, led to his exit from Impact Wrestling.
The former Ring of Honor World champion hasn’t been in the headlines since, but a report from WrestlingNews.co today (July 14) changed that.
According to the site, Frobel was arrested in Illinois on June 29 and charged with “Violation of Protective Order.” The order was filed in May by his ex-fiancé, who left her home the month before because she’d “suffered sexual, mental, emotional, and verbal abuse from him [Frobel].”
The order, and a police incident report from June 15 posted on WrestlingNews.co, allege a pattern of abusive and manipulative behavior throughout the relationship. Frobel’s ex spoke to the site, telling them he violated the order more than 60 times before he was arrested. She also said she was speaking to them in order help others avoid the abuse she suffered from Frobel:
“I respect everyone’s sexuality but it should be noted that men and women are people he goes after, not only women. The warning is for everyone, not just for women.
“He used threats of suicide many times after I left. A couple of girls have reached out to me since I left and told me the same stories, as [Frobel’s ex-wife] Rachel can tell you as well. He’s continuing to threaten suicide as a manipulation tactic.”
Attempts to reach Frobel for comment have thus far been unsuccessful. The case has been “assigned to investigations.”
Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800.656.HOPE (4673). You can also visit online.rainn.org to receive support via confidential online chat.