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UPDATED: Two More Promotions Strip David Starr of Titles Following Sexual Abuse Allegations, ‘We The Independent’ Severs Ties

June 18, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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UPDATE: Another group has severed ties with David Starr. ‘We The Independent’, an organization devoted to unionizing pro wrestling, has announced they will no longer work with Starr. Starr had a huge voice in the group and promoted them online.

The statement reads: “We The Independent’s mission has always been to support and help independent artists, particularly those who are victims of abuse & discrimination. In light of recent activity on social media, ‘We The Independent’ and David Starr have come to the mutual agreement to relinquish his relationship with the company, effective immediately. It is our hope to move forward from this. We appreciate and value the fans and talents who have supported our aims to establish a safer, fairer environment for all, while we also understand and respect those who may now move on. ‘We the Independent’ is larger than the sum of one person. With time, we hope to move forward, stronger and better..”

Original: As we noted earlier today, a former partner of David Starr accused him of rape and abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional). Starr denied that he was a predator but admitted to at least hurting his former partners and apologized. That didn’t stop Over the Top Wrestling from stripping him of their top championship.

Today, Revolution Pro and TNT Extreme Wrestling have both followed suit. RevPro stripped Starr of the Southside Championship and TNT did the same with their championship.

TNT said in a statement: “Announcement on behalf of TNT Extreme Wrestling. We at TNT Extreme Wrestling fully support those who have been affected by matters recently brought to light. As people, as an organization, as a company that exists in professional wrestling: we refuse to work with predators. As such, with what has recently been made public regarding predatory behavior, we have made the decision to have David Starr removed as champion of our promotion. We are shocked and appalled at the information that has been shared and do not condone that sort of behavior in any way, shape or form. It has no place in wrestling or in a person’s life. Details on crowning a new World champion will be revealed closer to our return to live events but above all, our thoughts are with those affected, who we thank for their bravery.

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