- Ric Flair released not one, but two statements this week regarding the sexual assault allegations made against him in the latest episode of The dark side of the ring.
- Flair has been accused of undressing during a flight, wearing only her dress and physically forcing a flight attendant to touch her genitals.
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The last episode of the Vice docuseries The dark side of the ring has resulted in serious fallout for several former WWE stars including Tommy Dreamer, The Undertaker and most importantly Ric Flair.
The episode centered around the infamous “Plane Ride From Hell” in which the WWE roster, returning from a tour of the UK, was forced to spend 14 hours on a plane due to delays with a seemingly endless supply of alcohol, drugs and numerous instances of immature and offensive behavior.
During the episode, Ric Flair was accused by the plane’s flight attendant, Heidi Doyle, of cornering her in the plane’s kitchen wearing nothing but her dress. bedroom and physically forcing her to place her hand on her genitals.
She and another flight attendant, Taralyn Cappellano, then filed a complaint against WWE for the wrestlers’ behavior during the flight and settled out of court.
Tommy Dreamer, who commented throughout the episode, was forced to apologize after the show aired for defending Ric Flair against the women’s allegations.
“If that’s how she felt, maybe she shouldn’t have received any payment and gone through with the law and then really put this heinous person in jail,” Dreamer said during the course. of the episode.
This and his other comments about the alleged sexual assault resulted in Dreamer’s indefinite suspension from his employer Impact Wrestling. He was also suspended from his work on Busted Open Radio.
Later, of course, he apologized.
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Before the broadcast of the episode “Plane Ride From Hell” by The dark side of the ring, Flair told Renee Paquette about her Oral sessions podcast: “Just when things are going well for me. Look, you put me on your podcast afterwards. We’ll see how it goes, because I was there and I don’t care whose name I have to drop if the heat hits me. I know who was where and what and who and what happened. I know the whole story.
This week, Ric Flair, who was pulled from an ongoing Car Shield ad campaign following the episode, released not one, but two statements attempting to defend his actions. The first one arrived on Monday.
“Everyone I’ve worked with, from my lawyer to my publicist to my wife, has said not to post a response; but I’ve never had any 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 special “30 for 30”. They covered taxes, financial issues, adultery, divorces, death of my child and drinking / partying LONG. Rory Kamp, desperate to want to count another 15 minutes, did an interview about it this morning. When Rory’s lips move he usually lies, but part of what he said was God’s honest truth:
“‘I had never heard that he forced someone to touch his genitals,’ Karpf admitted. ‘Anything that was interpreted as negative with Ric, I tried to address in the 30 for 30. His alcohol consumption, his loitering, his adultery, his money problems, there are quite a few, but never, at least among the people I have spoken to, no one has ever said that ‘he would impose himself on someone.
“I have let my personal life and that of my wife and children turn upside down for one reason only: whether it is good or bad, even the worst, the truth must count. Even in struggle. My problems have been well documented in my 40+ year career. The impact of drinking too much (which almost killed me 5 years ago) has been repeated over and over again. The reason Rory (or anyone else for that matter) has never heard stories of me forcing myself into ANYBODY is simple: It never happened.
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Then on Tuesday Ric Flair was back with another statement, this time for Wrestling Inc.
“To clarify, the ‘helicopter’, as it was called, is precise,” admitted Flair. “I wish I could blame the kids, but it was a case of drinking too much and being inappropriate and I apologize (and countless times over the years).
“I made bad decisions during the dark times of my life, and that’s something I spent a good chunk of the years doctors gave me in 2017 trying to fix.
“I condemn sexual assault in any way. I could (and have) written books (like others) that covered my transgressions. I made some terrible decisions, but I never forced myself on anyone in any way. Period.”