ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal jury in Atlanta found former pro
wrestler Harrison "Hardbody'' Norris guilty of multiple counts
today in a prostitution and sex trafficking case.
The 41-year-old Norris was convicted of charges including
conspiracy, witness tampering, aggravated sexual abuse, forced
labor, and sex trafficking involving eight women.
He was acquitted of all charges involving a ninth woman, but
could be sentenced to up to life in prison when is sentenced
Serving as his own lawyer, Norris denied charges he kept women
as sex slaves at his two homes in Cartersville, northwest of
Atlanta. He contended that the women willingly lived at the homes
because they wanted to train as pro wrestlers.
During a two-week trial, prosecutors portrayed him as a predator
who used his wrestling business to lure poor and vulnerable women
into prostitution and forced labor.