In October, over 50 women alleged that they were sexually abused or assaulted by Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. It began the #MeToo campaign, where many women came forward to tell their stories about being abused.
Since the allegations against Weinstein were made public, a number of high profile male celebrities have also been accused of sexual assault and abuse. Now, former WWE and TNA star Shelly Martinez has shared a disturbing story about nearly being raped some years ago:
I almost got raped while on a over seas tour. Since then others have shared with me they were raped. So sad. https://t.co/JyHbTlKysY— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) December 8, 2017
I appreciate those who are concerned about me after I tweeted about almost being raped in WWE I’m totally fine. I’ve lived with all this since then so it’s nothing new. I was just chiming in on my experience to help raise awareness...— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) December 8, 2017
Martinez shared this after former WWE writer told a story about a female superstar telling him that she was raped by a male wrestler.
These stories are obviously extremely sad and disturbing to here, but Martinez deserves credit for being able to come forward and open up about the abuse. Ever since the allegations against Weinstein came out, women have been advised to share their stories and create awareness.
Martinez had a brief tenure with the WWE in 2005, joining them on a developmental contract. She trained in Ohio Valley Wrestling before moving over to the ECW brand, where she would compete for two years.
Martinez then joined TNA in 2007, spending two years there. She then left the wrestling industry to start a brief filming career. Martinez then competed at a TNA One Night Only show last year, and has done some work with other promotions across the country.
It's unknown if Martinez was under contract in WWE when the alleged assault happened. Many former wrestlers have alleged that they were assaulted while working with WWE, including Ashley Massaro. More recently, a woman on her Facebook alleged that Mick Foley engaged in sexual misconduct with her when she was 15 years of age. WWE and Foley have yet to comment.
Cageside Seats tried reaching out to the WWE for respone to Martinez's story, but they have not received a response.