Retired NXT UK star Charlie Morgan (Yasmin Lander) is one of many people accusing Saraya Knight (Julia Hamer) and her wrestling school of multiple accounts of allowing physical and mental abuse and several accounts of sexual assault.
On June 22, Lander issued a statement on Twitter detailing several instances of abuse and inappropriate behavior at the school. Since then, Lander, Alice Smith, Hannah Holmes and Ayesha Raymond have also issued a joint statement to Bell To Belles, accusing the Knight family and their school, World Association of Wrestling, of fostering an environment that allows physical and psychological abuse.
Among the allegations, the statement said female trainees were forced to get in the ring to show their ‘aggression’ where they would be physically beaten to be made an example out of in front of a room full of people. In addition, one female trainer was accused of groping men’s genital regions for a ‘laugh’, another account claimed the family asked a 14-year-old trainee to sexualize her appearance to get bookings. The statement also said one Knight family member tried to talk trainees into group sex and when they rebuffed, one had their WWE tryout pulled and another female was ultimately blacklisted from wrestling for other companies.
Saraya Knight has since issued a statement on her Facebook page, refuting all claims made against her before saying she’s stepping away from the wrestling business and she’ll let the police and lawyers handle things.
So for the last 3 days I have sat wondering what exactly is needed to satisfy this bloodthirsty hunt, my life, you want me to die? You think by pushing buttons I am going to lie there and just take it.
Firstly, I refute any statements regarding kissing a minor, thats fucking sick and if norfolk police wants to come and chat to me about it, i fucking welcome it. Where was the parents during this apparent act! 10 years old at a show alone? I dont think so! I hope you have good lawyers. I will welcome ANY police enquiry into this matter. I absolutely deny this!!!!!
Yasmin we were talking up to April this year, why didn’t you say, you came to my gym just before lockdown during training, cuddled me, you and Alice came in, in front of 30 people!! I dont get it!
Ayesha, we didn’t get on, we fought hard, you gave as good as you got, you didn’t back down, we argued like equals. As far as I am concerned, you are entitled to whatever opinion you have of me, you were no shrinking violet.
Alice, I am shocked, I have always loved you. This has hurt bad.
In fact everyone that has written something, no matter whether true or false, right or wrong has had plenty of time to approach me. Why wait all this time?
I will be stepping away with immediate effect, i will be deleting all social media, you can attack me via firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be happy to forward everyones point of view to my solicitor, im sure as you can see the business will be in great hands. And for every ying there is a yang, i know that this now is going to crescendo, but its ok, there are 2 sides to every story remember that.
Thankyou for 30 years, i am done, i cannot believe that I am being attacked in this fucking insane way, i am walking away because I am heartbroken not because I’m being forced to. I cannot stomach even being around wrestling. I have got fuck all to hide, i have done fuck all to warrant this, i train hard!! I have trained everywhere, made more of my money in training than wrestling, i am such a bad teacher! You girls can fucking go thats no coincide! I cannot accept this. And I won’t. I am seeking legal advice. Any allegations now please forward to norfolk police!!!!