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From Earlier: WWE Releases Jack Gallagher

Matt Riddle, Jimmy Havoc among many wrestlers accused of sexual assault/harassment

About This Podcast: Fred Richani discusses WWE NXT superstar Velveteen Dream (Patrick Clark) being accused by two additional people of “grooming” and being a child predator. Clark has previously denied allegations. Plus: WWE releases Gentleman Jack Gallagher following sexual assault allegations and provides official statements on NXT UK talent incriminated in the #SpeakingOut movement, as well as SmackDown’s Matt Riddle.

Podcast video/audio below, along with the latest statements from WWE, All Elite Wrestling, NWA, and tweets of the disturbing allegations in question.

Podcast: Velveteen Dream Allegations, WWE Releases Jack Gallagher

Billy Corgan’s National Wrestling Alliance announced the resignation of Vice President Dave Lagana (former WWE/TNA/ROH writer) following sexual assault allegations made by independent wrestler Liz Savage: “Pursuant to allegations made by pro wrestler Liz Savage on her Twitter account, 6/18/2020, NWA VP David Lagana has resigned his position, effective immediately. As well all production of NWA content is temporarily halted, pending a restructuring of executive management positions.”

For legal reasons, we have to note these are allegations. However, they need to be taken seriously and we sincerely hope WWE, AEW, Impact Wrestling, and other promotions do.

WWE released the following statement in regards to sexual assault allegations made against SmackDown superstar Matt Riddle by independent wrestler Candy Cartwright: “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”

Riddle’s lawyer Daniel Rose also released a statement on Twitter that was a picture of a piece of paper (not kidding).

The statement left a lot to be desired according to our former WWE NXT contributor Kimberly Angle, who has an extensive legal background herself:

WWE also released a statement on sexual assault/harassment allegations against NXT UK’s Wolfgang, Jordan Devlin, Travis Banks, El Ligero, and Joe Coffey:

“Individuals are responsible for their own personal actions. WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated. WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE.”

AEW statement on Jimmy Havoc’s sexual assault and mental abuse allegations: “We wish Jimmy Havoc all the best as he receives treatment and counseling in an effort to overcome the mental health and substance abuse challenges in his life. We are aware of various reports related to Jimmy. We are evaluating his status with our company and will address it when he has successfully completed his rehabilitation.”

In my opinion, this statement missed the mark, but at least action is currently being taken.

More on this story as it develops. Resources for Abuse Victims:

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