Matt Riddle Puts Out Video Denying Sexual Assault Allegation, ‘It’s a Fabricated Story’

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WWE star Matt Riddle has once again denied a sexual assault allegation made against him in the #SpeakingOut movement, only this time he did it on video and not through a lawyer.

Riddle begins the video by saying he has never, in his entire life, sexually assaulted anybody. 

“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,” Riddle says in the video.

As we previously reported, Cartwright claims she was choked by Riddle in 2018 while riding in the back of a car together and felt forced to perform oral sex on him.

“Yes, you’re right. We had an affair. You have plenty of evidence of that,” he continued. “And you know what? I never denied it. Because it happened. Do I want to talk about it? Do I want 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 too.”

“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 anybody 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 messaging apps and you kept coming. I blocked those. I got a new number. You got my new number and kept messaging me.”

Cartwright has implied on social media that she was not stalking Matt. 

Riddle, however, claims in the video that she has also been showing up to hotels where his friends are staying to look for him.

“At this point you have to realize, if you don’t think you’re stalking me, or harassing me, you’re crazy,” he adds. “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 anybody. 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 #SpeakingOut movement to try and ruin my career.”

Watch the whole video below.