Disturbing Velveteen Dream allegations, Jack Gallagher fired, and more wrestlers speaking out.
From Earlier: WWE Releases Jack Gallagher
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.
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:
This “press release” states you drafted a pleading for an injunction doesn’t say anything about actually filing it. Filing it would be the most important part. I can draft pleadings all day and wipe my ass with them. really doesn’t look like the work of a competent attorney— Kimberly Angle (@regalize_it) June 20, 2020
with a quick search of the Orange County clerk database by putting in your client’s name Matthew Riddle the only thing that comes up is a slew of charges in Orange County for civil traffic and criminal traffic which includes DUI so you most definitely did NOT file that pleading— Kimberly Angle (@regalize_it) June 20, 2020
Youre either are lying about drafting it or did draft it and decided there wasn’t enough evidence so you didn’t file it or tried to file it & the court rejected it. This is a complete play on a general public who may not have the knowledge of the legal system nice try though— Kimberly Angle (@regalize_it) June 20, 2020
“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:
I’ve been debating releasing this information for months now, but with everyone #SpeakingOut, I finally feel comfortable in doing it. Part of me is still terrified for disclosing this.— Josh Fuller 😷 BLM (@JoshFullerPW) June 20, 2020
Patrick Clark is a groomer and a child predator. I’ll post more proof below this tweet. pic.twitter.com/yhJKufwVpz
Here you can see a better case of the grooming. I mentioned wanting to hang out with him because I thought it would be cool and you can see him having alterior motives at my vulnerability. pic.twitter.com/acO5Z8cTeO— Josh Fuller 😷 BLM (@JoshFullerPW) June 20, 2020
Here’s another thread of things he’s said to a victim. This is straight from the group chat I mentioned earlier.https://t.co/gTePysAgFz— Josh Fuller 😷 BLM (@JoshFullerPW) June 20, 2020
“Ur kinda grown 2 be 15” cmon Velveteen Kelly pic.twitter.com/k3ej23UkhX— zy (@thekiaprint) June 20, 2020
This story isn’t in any order. A lot of my memory of this abuse is disordered because i was battling drink and substance abuse to cope. That DOES NOT make it invalid.— REBECCA CROW (she/her/they) (@katsandcrows) June 18, 2020
I’m #speakingout because I dont want anyone else to be hurt. And I don’t think i’m alone.
TW: relationship abuse pic.twitter.com/JTRmKGCDoT