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Matt Riddle accused of sexual abuse, WWE releases statement


On the day he was set to make his WWE SmackDown in-ring debut, Matt Riddle was accused of sexual abuse by a former co-worker.

Friday morning on Twitter, indie wrestler Candy Cartwright outlined a May 2018 incident where she and Riddle were in a van with three other wrestlers. After the others had fallen asleep, Riddle overtly propositioned her for sex. She refused, but said Riddle grabbed her throat and threatened her with "What if I just made you?" She said she eventually gave him oral sex to get out of the situation.

WWE released a statement to several media outlets regarding the situation, saying “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”

At this point, Riddle's match is still set to air on Friday's show.

The accusations come the day after a number of wrestlers (many from the United Kingdom) were accused of sexual assault and wrongdoings via social media, sparking the #SpeakingOut movement. It began with David Starr, but NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin was also accused, resulting in WWE releasing the same statement Thursday night.

Riddle has not responded to any of the allegations publicly. A day after an interview with ESPN's Ariel Helwani dropped, Riddle was scheduled to appear on Bubba The Love Sponge's show Friday morning, but it's unclear if that happened.