WWE’S former UFC fighting star Matt Riddle has denied allegations of sexual assault made against him an independent wrestler.
The grappler, 34, was accused by Candy Cartwright in the midst of several other wrestlers being called out on social media for similar acts.
Cartwright claims the incident occurred in 2018 as the pair rode in a van with some colleagues, who were asleep.
She alleges Riddle, who made his debut on SmackDown this week, propositioned her for sex and when she refused, he then began to threaten her.
She then states that she agreed to perform oral sex on him instead to get out of having sex with the 6ft 2in star.
However, Riddle quickly responded to the allegations by retweeting a release from his lawyer and denying the allegations.
It read: “The allegations by this independent female performer are completely false and another attempt to harass and humiliate Mr. and Mrs. Riddle and to try to tarnish their reputation in the community.
“We have been aware for the last two years of this performer stalking the Riddle family. In 2019, our firm had drafted a pleading against this performer to seek an injunction for cyberstalking in the Circuit Court for Orange County, Florida.”
Cartwright posted a series of tweets in her allegations, saying: “I’m posting this because I have been so sad for so long. I didn’t realize that what he did to me was not ok. I realize now, reading these other brave women’s stories, that I can’t be afraid anymore and I have to #speakout.
“Back in May of 2018 I was riding with Matt Riddle and a few other wrestlers. During the van ride, when the 3 other wrestlers had fallen asleep, Matt asked me to “hop on his d**k”.
“When I refused (although we had previously been together I was incredibly uncomfortable in that setting ) When I said no, he grabbed me by my throat, choked me and said “what if I just made you?”
I ended up giving him oral sex (praying someone wouldn’t wake up) to get out of having intercourse with him. It was incredibly humiliating.
“It is never ok to put your hands on a woman, it’s also not ok to not listen when she says no.”
WWE also issued a statement, saying: “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”
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Riddle went 7-3 with two no contests during his five-year spell in UFC from 2008 before he was released after failing multiple tests for marijuana.
He switched to professional wrestling in 2014 and signed for WWE in 2018, joining their NXT brand.
Riddle has now been drafted to SmackDown and debuted with a non-title victory over AJ Styles in last night’s episode.
Fellow wrestler Jack Gallagher has already been released by WWE due to allegations made against him in the #speakingout movement.
And AEW announced Jimmy Havoc, who has also had allegations made against him, will be undergoing rehabilitation for mental health and substance abuse issues.