By Bruce Haring. Wrestling stars from several federations, including the WWE , are being accused of sexual misconduct in online forums. The movement, loosely organized under the hashtag SpeakingOut, has already led to one wrestler having his contract terminated. No reason was given, but Gallagher was the subject of an earlier online post that accused him of sexual assault. The WWE issued a statement but did not directly address whether Gallagher was let go because of the misconduct allegations:. WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.
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Jeannine Mjoseth had a short but memorable career in professional wrestling. She was mentored by the Fabulous Moolah, a legend who held a world title for 28 years. Mjoseth prefers a different moniker for the late Moolah, real name Mary Lillian Ellison. It sounds too elegant. She was a pimp.
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The movement is similar to the Me Too movement. Similar to other empowerment movements based upon breaking silence, the purpose of Speaking Out is to empower people to tell their stories of abuse they have experienced. On June 17, , independent wrestler David Starr was accused of sexual assault by a former girlfriend of his. The following day, numerous people in and out of the pro wrestling industry accused several wrestlers, promoters, personalities, and journalists of sexual misconduct. The hashtag "Speaking Out" began to spread on social media when people told their stories.
Millie McKenzie Photograph: Twitter. One of the wrestles to come forward was Millie McKenzie. She accused her former trainer and New Zealand-born wrestler Travis Banks of emotional abuse during their relationship.