Ric Flair has responded to allegations of sexual abuse as depicted in the most recent episode of Dark Side of the Ring.
The “Plane Ride from Hell” episode of Dark Side of the Ring shed light on the debauchery that was commonplace in wrestling for many decades. The one major takeaway from the episode was allegations made by Heidi Doyle, a flight attendant on that 757 Flight that proclaimed Ric Flair had sexually assaulted her.
Ric Flair has not responded to these allegations. Take me to Twitter, Ric Flair has stated that he never forced himself on Heidi and that is why the story had never been told.
Every person that I've worked with, from my lawyer to my publicist to my wife has said not to post a response; but I've never run from past behaviors before and I'm not going to start now.
I want to clarify a few things:
About four years ago, I gave ESPN full access to my life for a "30 for 30" special. They covered taxes, financial issues, adultery, divorces, the passing of my child and drinking/partying AT LENGTH.
Rory [Karpf], desperate to matter for another 15 minutes, did an interview about it this morning. When Rory's lips are moving, he's typically lying, but one part of what he said was the God's honest truth:
"I'd never heard that he had forced someone to touch his genitals," Karpf admitted. "Everything with Ric that was construed as negative I tried to address in the 30 for 30. His drinking, his philandering, his adultery, his money problems, there's quite a bit, but never, at least in the people that I spoke to, no one ever brought up that he would force himself on somebody."
I allowed my personal life and the lives of my wife and children to be turned upside down for one reason: Whether it's good or bad, even the really bad, the truth has to matter. Even in wrestling.
My issues have been well documented over my 40+ year career. The impact of drinking too much (which nearly killed me 5 years ago) has been told time and time and time again. The reason Rory (or anyone else for that matter) never heard stories of me forcing myself on ANYONE is simple: it never happened.
Karpf was interviewed on Monday by Wrestling INC. You can find his full comments regarding the allegations against Flair by clicking here.
WWE removed Flair's "Wooo" for its signature opening on Monday's Raw.
Tommy Dreamer, who was interviewed for that episode of the VICE series, has since been suspended from both IMPACT Wrestling and Busted Open Radio for comments that he made in response to these allegations against Ric Flair. Learn more here.
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