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Ric Flair denies forcing himself 'on anyone' in statement

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In his first public statement since last Thursday's Dark Side of the Ring documentary, Ric Flair denied forcing himself on anyone without addressing the documentary directly.

In order to do so, he did bring up a Monday interview his ESPN 30-for-30 documentarian Rory Karpf did with Wrestling Inc., albeit in a backhanded manner, in his social media statement:

"Every person that I've worked with has said not to post a response; but I've never run from past behaviors before and I'm not going to start now.

I want to clarify a few things: About four years ago, I gave ESPN full access to my life for a "30 for 30" special. They covered taxes, financial issues, adultery, divorces, the passing of my child and drinking/partying AT LENGTH.

Rory Karpf, desperate to matter for another 15 minutes, did an interview about it this morning. when Rory's lips are moving, he's typically lying, but one part of what he said was the God's honest truth.

I'd never heard that he force someone to touch his genitals," Karpf admitted. "Everything with Ric that was construed as negative I tried to address in the 30 for 30. His drinking, his philandering, his adultery, his money problems, there's quite a bit, but never, at least in the people that I spoke to, no one ever brought up that he would force himself on somebody." I allowed my personal life and the lives of my wife and children to be turned upside down for one reason: Whether it's good or bad, even the really bad, the truth has to matter. Even in wrestling.

My issues have been well documented over my 40+ year career. The impact of drinking too much (which nearly killed me 5 years ago) has been told time and time and time again. The reason Rory (or anyone else for that matter) never heard stories of me forcing myself on ANYONE is simple: it never happened."

In the Dark Side episode focused on the 2002 WWE "plane ride from hell," Flair was accused by flight attendant Heidi Doyle of exposing himself to her, pushing her up against the back door of the plane and putting her hand on his genitals. Flair has denied the claims before. WWE came to a settlement agreement with Doyle and Taralyn Cappellano after the events of the flight.

A national ad campaign featuring Flair was paused Friday following the controversy.