Ring of Honor (ROH) star Jay Lethal has addressed allegations made against him that have resurfaced during the #SpeakingOut movement.
In 2018, Taeler Hendrix alleged that she had been taken off ROH TV after refusing to sleep with Lethal. Yesterday, Kelly Klein posted a series of tweets alleging that multiple women had brought complaints of misconduct against Lethal, but ROH had “ignored/covered it up”.
Lethal himself has since issued a statement, writing:
It has always been my choice to use silence to keep my dignity, refrain from publicly attacking people I’m not fond of, and relying on who I have been as a person to speak for itself. I’ve also never wanted to sue MY platform to boost or give attention to any negativity. I do however know and realize that some people will sadly take my silence to mean something else.
The #speakingout movement has given me hope that the industry that I’ve chosen to give my life to will become a better place. I’ve wanted to stand in support of all those brave enough to share their painful stories. Unfortunately I was afraid to due to the lies that are being said about me.
I have never and would never sexually harass, sexually assault, rape or force myself on anyone. I would never use my status to deny anyone opportunities. Even now, it pain me to know that defending myself might somehow tarnish an important movement and cast doubt on real, troubling experiences.
Ring of Honor has yet to comment.