David Bixenspan has an article up on Deaspin.com that covers Jerry “The King” Lawler’s 1993 rape case. Bixenspan decided to write the article after Lawler’s comments on the “MeToo” movement fr0m an episode of his podcast.
For those of you unaware, Lawler avoided statutory rape and sodomy charges after claims made by to girls. The girls were 13 and 14 years old in 1993. Lawler was 43 years old around the time the alleged incident occured. Since that time period, there have been inside jokes made on television about Lawler’s penchant for dating younger women and Doug Gilbert, in a 1999 non-scripted off the rails shoot interview on Memphis Power Pro Wrestling, said “Jerry Lawler, you raped a little 13 year old girl.” That was the beginning of the end for the promotion as they shut down in 2001. Skip to 6:25 to hear the part about Lawler and the 13 year old girl.
Bixenspan published a letter that was written to prosecutors that was an attempt by Lawler to discredit the girls. Lawler wrote, “I also know that if you did a background search on the two girls in question you will find that one of them is having a sexual relationship with the other ones [sic] brother. That their mothers are both aware of this relationship. That she smokes, drinks, has been suspended from school several times. That she brags publicly about having numerous sex partners, has claimed to be pregnant, and has exposed herself publicly and has committed lesbian acts in front of witnesses.”
Lawler continued, “The other girl is currently involved in a sexual relationship with a 40 year old neighbor whom she babysits for and also was caught having sex with a black man,” wrote Lawler. “Her mother is aware of both of these situations and admits that her daughter lies to her all the time. The girl also claims to have had sex with ‘several’ wrestlers. She has also bragged in public about having numerous sex partners and she has committed lesbian acts in front of witnesses.”
The full letter can be read at this link.
The Deadspin story also includes the affidavit with a 90-minute interview with police where Lawler mentions that the girls had been in his motel room. Lawler said the same thing to investigators in Indiana as part of a parallel investigation. His claim was that they just used the hotel room phone and nothing else happened.
Contrary to Lawler’s claims, retired Louisville detective Mike Redmond says that the girls never recanted their story. The case was dropped after the girls refused to testify and Redmond’s interpretation of their decision was that they didn’t want to get Lawler in trouble. Before the case went public, Lawler called the girls’ homes and ended up speaking to at least of of the mothers. One of of the girls broke down when talking to police but she seemed hesitant to continue with the case in light of the call from Lawler.
You can read much more on this story at Deadspin.com including details on why the investigation was started, including matching accounts that both girls gave to police which involved Lawler stripping naked and the girls being hesitant to do anything with him. They also say that they watched cartoons before performing oral sex on Lawler.
Here is the audio from Lawler’s podcast that spurned the idea for Deadspin to look into the 1993 case:
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