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Emma arrested for shoplifting; fired and then rehired

Emma was arrested on Monday night, June 30, in Hartford, Connecticut. She was charged with sixth degree larceny for stealing an iPod case from the Walmart in Hartford. Hartford was the location of WWE’s Monday Night RAW television taping.

WWE released an official statement that read, “WWE is aware that Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) was arrested for shoplifting. Ms. Dashwood is ultimately responsible for her personal actions.”

According to The Courant, Emma appeared in Hartford community court on Tuesday, July 1. She was ordered to community service. Her lawyer claimed it was a mistake, as Emma had paid for her items using a self-checkout lane and forgot to pay for the iPod case. The value of the iPad case was $21.14.

The Hartford Police also released a statement about her arrest.

The story then took a turn on Wednesday, July 2, when WWE announced they had released Emma from her contract. However, the immediate backlash surrounding Emma’s was severe and online commentators pointing out the hypocrisy of releasing Emma when others had committed far more severe crimes and went away virtually unscathed.

In particular, Jack Swagger was arrested for DUI in February 2013 and still was able to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE WrestleMania XXIX.

Two hours later WWE retracted their original statement and changed the posting, announcing “Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law.”