Austin Aries addresses allegations of sexual misconduct.
Over the past few days, multiple women have come forward accusing Austin Aries of sexual misconduct.
One woman accused Aries of inappropriately touching her while in bed, another claimed Aries wanted her to dance for her to see if she had rhythm to determine if she was good in bed, and another claimed Aries checked to see her bra color at a bar and asked if her underwear matched.
As a response to the allegations, Aries issued a statement saying he is happy wrestling is being exposed and admits to not living a flawless life, but states he is not a sexual predator.
"I have to be transparent and I have to be honest about my own success and failures in this space. I certainly haven't live a flawless life. I haven't always said the right thing or made the right choice, whether professionally or personally. But let me be clear: I know who I am and who I'm not. I am not a sexual predator, I'm not a user, I am not an abuser," he wrote.
He continued, "Contrary to what some believe, the Austin Aries character that I portray and the man that I am are not one and the same. Now, more than ever, making that distinction is important. Daniel Healy Solworld Jr., the man that I am, condemns abuse of all forms and is here to join others in speaking out. I have nothing to hide. I'm here to listen and I'm here to talk. I want that responsibility because ultimately that's what will help me become a better person and help me leave this world, and the pro wrestling universe, a better place....If I was ever part of the problem, please know the sincerest apology I can offer is to be part of the solution."
You can read his full statement below.
Fightful will continue to update fans on the story as more information is known.