Jay Lethal was the subject of the #SpeakingOut movement yesterday. Kelly Klein came forward and dropped accusations against the former ROH Champion. Now Lethal has responded.
Lethal stated that he never wanted to use his platform to gain any negative attention. He also said that “the #speakingout movement has given me hope that the industry that I’ve chosen to give my life to will become a better place.”
He then addressed the lies going around about him. Jay Lethal stated that “I have never and would never sexually harass, sexually assault, rape or force myself on anyone.” You can read his entire statement below.
“It has always been my choice to use silence to keep my dignity, refrain from publicly attacking people I’m not fond of, and relying on who I have been as a person to speak for itself. I’ve also never wanted to use MY platform to boost or give attention to any negativity. I do however know and realize that some people will sadly take my silence to mean something else. The #speakingout movement has given me hope that the industry that I’ve chosen to give my life to will become a better place. I’ve wanted to stand in support of all those brave enough to share their painful stories.
Unfortunately I was afraid to due to the lies that are being said about me. I have never and would never sexually harass, sexually assault, rape or force myself on anyone. I would never use my status to deny anyone opportunities. Even now, it pains me to know that defending myself might somehow tarnish an important movement and cast doubt on real, troubling experiences.”
ROH released a statement following allegations against Marty Scurll. They said that an investigation will be conducted. As of this writing, ROH has not commented on the new allegations against Jay Lethal.
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