A London Riot: Strangler Davis Added to Accused in UK Scandal

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Yesterday we broke that former IPW:UK owner and promoter Daniel Edler was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, which rocked the UK indie scene. Edler, who sold IPW:UK last year, had recently opened a new wrestling promotion/school named Spotlight Wrestling, but once news broke yesterday, the talent on the card was quick to leave the promotion and wash their hands of any alliance. One of the wrestlers who denounced the promotion and withdrew was former London Riot James Davis (aka Strangler Davis), who also competes for PROGRESS Wrestling among other UK promotions.

But it didn’t take long for Davis’ name to get brought into the public debate on the former IPW:UK owner’s scandal, when a 23-year old woman went public that Davis himself was allegedly guilty of sexual misconduct himself, when the woman in question was only 15 herself. The victim, who goes by Hanni on Twitter, had the following to say this afternoon.

As the afternoon went on, Hanni was offered much love and support from the wrestling community. So far, none of Davis’ regular promotions have commented. Hanni returned to post more later in the afternoon.

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Jamie Greer is the Managing Editor and lead writer for Last Word on Pro Wrestling. A lifelong wrestling fan who started with the WWF in the early 80's, he now follows everything from the smallest indie to WWE. He's also written for WrestleZone, The Windsor Star, Windsor Independent and other publications. He lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and son.

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  1. For a publication that boasts “We don’t report unconfirmed rumours or exaggerate headlines to make a story”, this article is an absolute disgrace.

    The author is ruining a man’s life based on absolutely nothing aside from the twitter rant of an ex-partner.

    To suggest that the comments made by this woman equates to an allegation “that Davis himself was guilty of the same predatory accusations against Edler, when the woman in question was only 15 herself” is defamatory and libelous.

    For a start, this woman cannot agree with herself whether she was 15 or 16 when the alleged abuse took place (see “at 16 (when it began)”).

    She also provides limited specific information about what Davis allegedly did, none of it is supported by any evidence whatsoever, and these “countless” witnesses do not seem to have materialised.

    In the case of Edler, there is solid verifiable evidence of his conduct – that conduct being the sexual abuse and grooming of underage girls. It appears beyond question that he is guilty of this conduct, and the people who have come forward ought to be applauded, in particular the individual who has reported his conduct to the police. Sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable and it is quite right that he is punished for what he has done.

    On the other hand, there is nothing to suggest that Davis is guilty of anything at all, let alone the disgusting conduct in which Edler has engaged. To post these unsupported alegations on Twitter is unacceptable; for a journalist to report on those Twitter posts as if they are fact, and to misrepresent those facts, is unforgivable and negligent.

    Given the clearly unregulated state of social media at the moment, it is not difficult to post allegations about anybody. I, for example, could quite easily draft a few Twitter posts claiming that I have also been sexually abused, that my ex-partners have suggested I adopt alternative hairstyles or dress differently, suggest that I didn’t have the greatest sex life with said ex-partner, and confuse myself as to exactly how old I was when this all took place. It would be very easy. Sadly, where the police may srutinise my, frankly, unbelievable account, the Twitter universe will commend me as “so fucking brave” for coming forward about this fictitious abuse.

    What is all the more shocking is the total disrespect shown by the Tweet-er (if I can use this term) in question to other people’s opinion. I have seen a gentleman write a post condemning the use of Twitter as a courtroom, and remarking that there are two sides to every story. Despite this opinion bearing a striking resemblance to the Rule of Law that this country has adopted for God knows how long, the Tweeter (and many others who commented on the post) treats the post with distain.

    If anybody reads this, I fully expect to receive responses calling me a victim-blamer, abuse-enabler, and the like. But I am simply stating facts. It is easy to make baseless allegations over Twitter. It is wholly irresponsible to report on those as if they are set-in-stone facts.

    Don’t ruin a man’s life based on a handful of Twitter posts (I cannot believe I even have to say this).

    The author should be ashamed of himself.

  2. Firstly, let’s clear one thing up. I was 15 when we began dating. 16 when the abuse started. Hense me specifying (16 when it began.) cool, let’s continue.

    If you check my timeline, I did go into further details about what JD did to me. Details that I chose to share purely on the basis that it needs to be heard. However I did not have to, and have chosen to leave some offences private because they are too crude to be put on twitter. It seems that unless is specify the gory details, people don’t want to know. Do you see how sad that is? Do you not think this experience is painful enough for both me and the other girls involved? Or are you that deluded that you too can’t see through davis’ bullshit.

    Secondly, please ask yourself why 5 different Victims, of different ages, who didn’t know eachother, and have never met, would come forward about the same man claiming very similar experiences. Why would we chose to make that up, for what purpose? Not only are there separate accounts, there are multiple people who can confirm times and where about surrounding certain allegations. Those people have said they will speak up if necessary.

    For example, when Davis got a 16 year old drunk at an after party and took her back to his hotel room (I say took, i Mean insisted.) there are several people who can confirm they watched him deliberately intoxicate her, and take advantage. There are people who knew she was 16, and that Davis was a grown “man” but chose to let it happen.

    You obviously don’t understand manipulative behaviour, but for myself personally, Davis’ Insisted on keeping our relationship private, therefore destroying any lifelines and witnesses. Very sociopathic, yet clever. Because if nobody knew we were dating, then who could prove anything?

    What happened to me, 7 years ago, has potentially ruined a large deal of my life. I’ve had to deal with serve social anxiety, And PTSD which led me to lose a lot of people in my life. For you to even suggest that I am not telling the truth, is the exact reason scumbags like this get away with such disgusting things.
    Abuse is often silent, and goes on behind closed doors with very little evidence in the outside world. The sexual abuse I endured happened behind closed doors, when he used to push my head down upon himself and pull my hair when I tried to stop. Wha about when he used to tell me to “suck my stomach in because it was too fat” or not to wear my hair up because my face was too big?

    Please tell me what proof I am meant to produce of that? The point of ABUSE is that it is often HIDDEN. I Am I meant to produce evidence of things that he shouted 7 years ago? No. I am the evidence. And so are the other girls.

    I am trying to raise awareness of a bigger issue. There are 5 different girls, all of which have endured similar things to myself. 5 girls who were minpulated, abused, and physically hurt. If allowed, I am sure JD will continue to take advantage of young impressionable girls. It ruined my life but I won’t let it ruin theirs.

    The fact you’d mock and insult these victims is repulsive. I have no reason to lie, I will never have any reason to lie, and I will continue to speak up.

    Please think before you post, and try and think about how YOU would feel if it was your sister, daughter, or close friend who had endured the same thing.

    • If there is one good thing that has come out of my comment, it is that you have clarified that you were 16 when any alleged abuse took place. The author of this article wrote “Davis himself was allegedly guilty of the same predatory accusations against Edler, when the woman in question was only 15 herself”. The alleged victim (you) have now confirmed that this is not true. My comments about the defamatory and libellous nature of this article have been fully vindicated, and the author ought to publish an apology (although I do not expect it).

      Furthermore, in response to your post, people on Twitter immediately responded by calling Davis a paedo and a nonce, assuming that you were accusing him of sexual abuse when you were underage. As you have now confirmed, this is not true. This is the major point that I highlighted with my comment. It is dangerous to throw accusations at somebody over the internet.

      I am not mocking or insulting any victim. I do not find this situation remotely funny. Davis has been accused of horrible crimes with absolutely nothing to back it up. People have turned on him, promoters have removed him from every show, based on these allegations. I do not think it is a mockery or an insult to suggest that a man’s life should not be ruined based on a few unconfirmed Twitter posts.

      You ask me to consider why five victims have all come forward. I am not sure who all five are, but the four I know of are these:

      You – I have said what I need to say about your posts.

      Jess – alleges that she was sexually assaulted when 16. As I understand it, her dad has actually posted a screenshot of a message that Davis sent to him directly, informing him that Davis had been involved in a sexual relationship with Jess, as had others. I understand this message was sent years ago. I ask you, and everybody else, to consider why nothing was done about it at the time, if it was genuinely felt that Davis had sexually abused this girl. If he had abused her, the proof was there, and the proof was provided by Davis himself, no less! If it was abuse, then he had given her father a written confession to the abuse. Any father would do something about this. The only sensible conclusion to draw from this is that the father did not believe that the message was an admission to any form of sexual abuse. Before anybody has a go at me for attacking Jess or her father, I am not. I understand that she was genuinely abused by Edler, and that for years she and her family have fought to have him brought the justice. I am glad that this is finally happening, and Jess and her father should be applauded, and given all of the support in the world concerning the abuse she suffered at Edler’s hand. I merely point out that evidence suggests (and I would like to point out that this is the only piece of evidence that has actually been provided in respect of Davis) that Davis did not abuse her.

      Anonymous 1 – girl claiming that Davis spiked her drink and assumes that he sexually abused her at a hotel. As with your allegations, there is absolutely nothing to back this up, and it was not reported at the time. Based on her account of what happened, there ought to be a lot of witnesses who could confirm Davis was spiking her drink, if he did do it. The incident allegedly occurred in public. Where are these witnesses?

      Anonymous 2 – she simply says that Davis was manipulative and cheated on her. To suggest that this is a further allegation of abuse is ludicrous.

      You ask me to consider why five people have come forward. Firstly, the fact that multiple people make allegations is not proof that any of them are true. Particularly in recent years, waves of people come out of the woodwork alleging sexual abuse as soon as the issue is raised. They may all be true, some of them may be true, or none of them may be true. The number of allegations does not confirm that a single one is true. Additionally, not all five allegations even allege abuse.

      I ask anybody reading this to consider the following: 1) if all five of these people are completely unconnected, never met each other, never contacted each other, etc. how is it that not a single one of them made any sort of allegation about Davis beforehand? 2) Why are they all suddenly making allegations at exactly the same time? 3) (and probably most importantly) How is it that there is not a single shred of evidence, or a single witness, to suggest that any of this actually took place?

      You stated in your original thread that you have countless witnesses. You now say “Davis’ Insisted on keeping our relationship private, therefore destroying any lifelines and witnesses”. So are there witnesses, or not?

      You also state that none of the accusers know each other, yet concerning the girl accusing Davis of drugging her, you say “there are several people who can confirm they watched him deliberately intoxicate her”. How do you know this? And where are these witnesses? How is it that absolutely nobody said anything sooner?

      As I have said before, it is no mockery nor is it an insult to suggest that a man’s life and reputation should not be so easily ruined. It is also no mockery or insult to point out that your account is not even consistent with itself, let alone supported by a single shred of evidence.

      You’ve posted a message online asking why Davis would have gone private on Twitter if he had nothing to hide. Here are a couple of theories:

      1) He doesn’t believe that Twitter is a courtroom and sees no reason why he should respond to baseless allegations online; or
      2) He is sick of being called a paedo and a nonce based on said baseless allegations (particularly considering you have now confirmed that you are not actually alleging abuse when you were underage).

      As a final point, you urge me to “think before [I] post”. You would benefit from following your own advice. You posted an extract of a message another girl sent to you anonymously and in confidence. You wrote that the message was from “A victim that is still so terrified of him, that she’s chosen to contact me but wishes to remain anonymous”. The very first line of her message, which you posted for the world to see, reads “I was in a relationship with Davis before”. Do you think that Davis, and people who know him, won’t work out who this is? Despite her wishes to remain anonymous, you posted her confidential message to everyone on the internet and revealed her identity. Your insistence that you have spoken up to protect victims is clearly nonsense. If this girl is a victim, and is terrified of Davis, you, as a fellow victim, would be more concerned about her privacy.

      I won’t waste my time responding to you again.

      To conclude and to summarise for anybody reading this who could be persuaded to use logic and reason: There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Davis has done anything wrong, the only piece of evidence which has been provided actually supports the assertion that Davis has not done anything wrong, and no formal allegation from anybody has been made against Davis. I repeat, do not allow a few Twitter posts to ruin this man’s life.

      • The predatory accusations were of engaging in relations with a minor. If they were dating at 15, which she has confirmed, that is still illegal. The sexual assault may have started at 16, but if the relationship began at 15, that is still relations with a minor, which is exactly what was stated.

      • As someone that is victim of his abuse for a long time I can’t believe your trying to police this situation and call aspects ludicrous.
        I was vague, because of fear. My friends know that I have had to struggle to go out and be normal again because I was not allowed to go out. I was spat at in an argument. I was pushed and injured. There is proof. If this is not enough for you then I’m sorry. But he is aware and has apologised to me…. but more stuff has come to light since.
        You are not the police.

  3. No, the allegations against Edler were that he raped and solicited naked photographs of minors. Not that he had a relationship with one.

    I am well aware that having sex with a 15 year old is illegal. It is unclear from this woman’s allegations whether she is saying this happened or not.

    Either way, her allegations are absolutely nothing like the confirmed allegations against Edler. My point remains valid. Your article is defamatory and libellous.

  4. I never ever claimed that he was a paedo, or that he was the same as edler. The media did, but I did not confirm this. We started seeing eachother when I was 15, he was 20. When I turned 16 he began abusing me.

    That is the crime. The sexual and emotional abuse. It doesn’t matter how old I was, that itself is a crime.

    I’m honestly disgusted at your attitude Ryan, you’ve proved what kind of person you are. I have absolutely nothing else to say to you.

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