WWE SmackDown superstar Matt Riddle released a video today, responding to recent sexual allegations made against him.

“I’m going to make this quick. I have never, in my entire life, sexually assaulted a man, woman or anybody and that includes Samantha Tavill (Candy Cartwright). I never sexually assaulted you. The story about that van trip and the driver being asleep, and me forcing you to do stuff and hop on, or whatever is a complete lie, it’s a fabricated story because you’re still mad. You know why you’re mad, because yes, you’re right, we had an affair, you have plenty of evidence of that and you know what, I never denied it, because it happened. Do I want to talk about it, do I really want to share about it, no, because it’s embarrassing and I feel like a real piece of crap cheating on my wife and doing that and now having to talk about it publicly, but I have to.

We had a relationship, we had a fling, I started to get sad and depressed, because I was lying to my wife so much to hide what I was doing, I was lying to all my friends, because I didn’t want anybody to know. This is not something cool, I did not want to brag about it. I tried to end it, I told my wife about you and us, I tried to end it, I blocked you, I blocked your social media, you then started using messaging apps and you kept coming. I blocked those, I got a new number, you got my new number and kept messaging me. You literally got on social media for other companies, kept messaging me, until I blocked them. 

Now, you have literally started harassing me, showing up to hotels, harassing my friends, where is he, where is he? At this point you have to realize, if you don’t think you’re stalking me or harassing me, you’re crazy and if you’re at home and you don’t think that’s harassment, you’re crazy. At the end of the day, I’m not perfect, we did have an affair and I’m not happy about that, but I never sexually abused anybody, I never sexually assaulted anybody and when I wanted to get out of this ‘relationship’, out of this situation, she said no and she kept pursuing me, harassing me and stalking me and then when she didn’t get her way, she used the Speak Out Movement to try and ruin my career. It’s completely unacceptable, that’s all I really have to say, that’s the story. Everybody have a great day, take care, later.”

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