Former WWE star Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) is standing by the decision to book Marty Scurll for his Battle Arts promotion in Toronto, Canada.
Earlier this week, Marella posted a video of Scurll to advertise an appearance on August 13. The tweet was met with an overwhelmingly negative response and Marella later disabled replies but he left the tweet up.
Marella's tweet is still up and this morning, he sent out the following tweet: "Everybody deserves a chance to redeem themselves."
The negative reaction for Scurll stems from a 2020 allegation that he slept with a 16-year-old girl in the UK. Scurll later issued this statement about the allegation:
"I am aware that a young woman has bravely come forward with her account of sexual abuse by some members of the wrestling community in the UK 5 years ago, a community I was a part of.
Although I truly believe that our encounter that evening was consensual, and the fact that the encounter was legal; is almost not the point. I understand that she now views our encounter as part of a bigger problem within the wrestling community.
What concerns me at this moment is that from what I have been reading, she is a fan of wrestling and was made to feel unsafe within that community. This is not acceptable. I also understand that people have been attacking her on social media, and I implore you to please stop. She has a right to her voice and it is our responsibility to listen."