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Marty Scurll out of New Japan plans, Strong appearance scrapped

Marty Scurll will not be featured on any New Japan Strong episodes nor is he expected to be part of New Japan Pro Wrestling's plans anytime soon.

The news was first reported by the Super J-Cast podcast and confirmed by Dave Meltzer.

News broke last week that Scurll was part of the January 22nd taping in California and was rumored to be involved in a post-match angle with Rocky Romero. That led to a backlash on social media due to a 2015 encounter with a then-16-year-old female who said he sexually assaulted her -- the story of which came out during last summer's #SpeakingOut movement.

He admitted to the encounter, but said it was both consensual and legal due to the UK age of consent. He later released another statement, saying that while he didn't "become aware of her age until after the encounter, the reality of the age disparity is not lost on me."

At the time of the allegations, he was part of Ring of Honor as a wrestler and member of the booking committee. The company said they were launching an investigation into any such claims against their talent and while never releasing the result of that investigation, the two sides parted ways in January. He had worked extensively for New Japan in the past and last worked for them as part of the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

The 32-year-old has been ouf of action since February 2020.