UPDATE: Joey Ryan Responds to New Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Him


UPDATE: Joey Ryan has responded to multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him that surfaced this weekend, saying that, although his lawyer has told him not to speak to the accusations, he does not want to take responsibility that we do not always treat people with respect and that it is possible that he is pursuing people who weren’t interested in him, invades their personal space, and makes them feel uncomfortable. He did add that he began counseling in October 2018 and still attends every week now, and he is now on prescription drugs. He said he has reached out to some of the people involved in the incidents of the past with him and he said he has had positive interactions with them.His full statement can be read below.

MOOSE: Joey Ryan was among the many wrestlers accused of sexual misconduct yesterday, as a woman accused him of forcing her to kiss and groping her. Now, two other people came forward with more allegations against an Impact Wrestling star. Coventry-based ring announcer Charlie said that Ryan touched on several occasions, without authorization and advance her sex. During this time, a male fan named Marky said that he was also hit by Ryan without permission and mocked by Ryan and David Starr for being gay. Starr, I remind you, has recently been accused of rape.

Charlie wrote: “I’m going to start this by saying that I am ashamed. The shame that I brushed off as “banter” and “it’s just the guys” – when this happened to me was not acceptable. The wrestler on several occasions advances me for sex after a wrestling show. Myself and the majority of the roster shared a few drinks after a show (an important point, it was my second show as an MC, he has taken the BENEFIT). The wrestler has come to the UK and up to this point in the night, in spite of being the only woman in a large group of 6 foot+ men, I had felt safe. The majority of the wrestlers are my friends, my colleagues and my partner.

The wrestler sat down next to me and began touching my hands and my arms, invading my personal space and desperately tried to make me go home with him. The “house” was another wrestler from the sofa, he offered it to someone else without their permission to try and fuck me. It has offered me sex many times, and when I told him that I had a partner, who has been ignored, despite my partner being only a few feet away. When I asked the wrestler if his wife doesn’t mind, showing her wedding ring, this has also been taken into account, apparently, they have an ‘arrangement.’ He refused to take ” No ” for an answer.

He deliberately isolated me from my friends and my partner, me sitting on the far side of the table, pushing his leg against mine, sitting next to me, almost ontop of me. He has also made comments about the self-harm scars on my arm – an attempt to negging? Touching and stroking without my permission. Anyway, it was disgusting. I ignored it all as a bit of fun, of laughter, at this moment, surely I should feel flattered that a man all the way from America, with a wildly impressive resume of titles and matches, without doubt the most famous wrestler I’ve met, but I did not. I felt hollow and empty, I finally managed to get rid of him, to make excuses that I was needed elsewhere. Finally, it is gone. Who was who. My introduction to the social atmosphere behind professional wrestling. I have never forgotten and I don’t think I will ever be. This was not a joke, it was not fun. It was wrong, it has crossed the borders. I have been the victim of retaliation, harassment, and to take advantage of. Fuck you.

Since I am to see so many people to defend it, fuck anonymity. The man in this story, this is Joey Ryan.”

Marky said: “The first piece of theatre-independent wrestling show I went to was GCW: just be honest. I was upset, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was especially happy to see Effy, and for this reason was my pride scarf on. It was already scary, because I didn’t know how the fans perceive me. The fans were incredible. Two wrestlers were not. I went to the table of merch, and David Starr, Joey Ryan were next to each other with merch. I went looking for the merch not know what to buy. I give a ” We, the Independent, bonnet and asked for a photo. They came up to me, and the first thing that Joey did was watch my pride scarf and say, “do you want to take photos of you holding my dick or want you to.” It threw me, but I brushed it off as iec humor and laughter. Joey then says, or do you want to do it for me” and tried to grope me with his hand. I backed up in hesitation and bumped into David who was behind me and he said, “Joey, maybe he is down” and he tried to slap my ass. I awkwardly stood to the side as the fan took the picture.

I told the fan to remove it after I do not want the existing image to come into my mind forever. This experience still exists in my mind and not go away, ever. I was already questioning my sexuality as it is and that just make me want to be gay/pan-sexual was not “correct”. I do not even know if he remembers what happens. But I thank you. Thank you Effy for also helping me with sexuality after this meeting and make me forget the experience, for the moment, and make me proud to do the rainbow.”


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