Former WWE Wrestler Accused of Murder Was Dressed as 'Ken'

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A former congressional candidate and professional wrestler charged in the death of a man at a Las Vegas Strip hotel was dressed as “Ken” when the alleged fatal incident occurred at a Halloween party.

Daniel Rodimer, 45, who was endorsed by former President Trump, was reportedly dressed as Ken from the movie “Barbie” when he got into an altercation with Christopher Tapp, 47, at a Halloween party l last year at Resorts World.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said medical personnel responded to a call to a hotel room on Oct. 29 and found Tapp injured.

Tapp died at Sunrise Hospital on November 5, and authorities began investigating the death as suspicious. His death was ruled a homicide.

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Daniel Rodimer and Ryan Gosling as Ken

Daniel Rodimer, 45, was allegedly dressed as Ken, played by actor Ryan Gosling, in the movie “Barbie” during a deadly incident at a Las Vegas hotel. (Getty Images/Warner Bros)

Rodimer turned himself in to police Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued. His lawyers said he “intends to vigorously contest these allegations.” He posted his $200,000 bond Wednesday evening.

According to court documents obtained by KVVU-TV, Rodmier believed Tapp had offered his stepdaughter cocaine.

One party guest described seeing “angry Ken” remove the fur coat that was part of his costume and walk toward a bathroom where lines of cocaine had been laid out. Others said Rodimer pushed Tapp to the ground and punched him, the documents said.

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Daniel Rodimer speaks at a rally

Daniel Rodimer speaks during a rally for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Boulder City Airport October 8, 2020 in Boulder City, Nevada. Rodimer was allegedly dressed as “Ken” from the movie “Barbie” during a fatal incident at a Vegas Strip hotel. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Other evidence against Rodimer includes text message exchanges between him and his ex-wife.

“I had to take your… hands off his neck while he was lying there and you ran away,” read a text message to Rodimer from his ex-wife. “And I spent the next two hours trying to take care of him. No one should have to watch their husband murder someone.”

Tapp previously served 20 years in prison for the 1996 rape and murder of an 18-year-old Idaho woman. He was released in 2017 and exonerated in 2019.

Another man pleaded guilty to the crime.

Rodimer competed as a professional wrestler in WWE from 2004 to 2007.

He then ran unsuccessfully twice for Congress as a Republican. He lost to Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in 2020 for his Nevada District 3 seat.

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Rodimer then moved to Texas, where he ran in a 2021 special election to fill the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Ron Wright, who died in office after contracting COVID-19.

Rodimer, one of 23 candidates, received less than 3% of the vote.

Elizabeth Pritchett of Fox News Digital and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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