Matt Riddle admits to affair, denies sexual assault & abuse allegations

Matt Riddle posted a video Wednesday to directly address the allegations put forward by independent wrestler Candy Cartwright (Samantha Tavel).

Matt Riddle posted a video Wednesday to directly address the allegations put forward by independent wrestler Candy Cartwright (Samantha Tavel). Riddle admits to having an affair with Tavel and was not proud of it, he told his wife about the affair and then stated he blocked her. This follows the most recent post by Tavel denying she stalked Riddle and posted a photo of the two kissing. She said the photo was from 2019.

Last month, Tavel posted allegations against Riddle from May 2018 when she stated the two of them were inside a van together.

Riddle said the following in his video statement:

I have never, in my entire life, sexually assaulted a man, woman, or anybody. And, that includes Samantha Tavel/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, 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, it’s embarrassing because 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 anyone to know because it’s not something cool. I didn’t 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 social messaging apps, you kept coming, I blocked those, I got a new number, you got my new number and kept messaging me.

Now, you have literally started harassing me, showing up to hotels, harassing my friends “Where is he? 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 anyone, 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 and harassing me and stalking me. And then, when she didn’t get her way, she used the Speaking Out movement to try and ruin my career. Completely unacceptable. That’s all I really have to say, that’s the story, everybody have a great day, take care.

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