Zachary Madsen


NEW YORK — Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.

Bail was set at $1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln at a hearing Sunday night. The judge also issued orders of protection barring Madsen from approaching Hart, who wasn't hurt, and a security worker.

Other wrestlers helped subdue the attacker. Hart resumed his speech.

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Prosecutors said in court that Madsen told police that he "felt like it was right moment" to go after the wrestling legend.

His lawyer said Madsen is "agreeable and cooperative" and has no criminal convictions.

WWE described Madsen as "an overexuberant fan."

Court records indicate that Madsen, who is an amateur MMA fighter, was arrested multiple times in Lincoln in December and January and charged with violating a protection order and stalking, both misdemeanors, after he made threats in person and on social media toward another MMA fighter. Madsen was awaiting trial in that case.

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