Paul Robinson has released a statement after facing fan backlash for his involvement with Progress Wrestling, dampening their long awaited return following the UK lock down. Fans called out Progress and Paul Robinson as Robinson had been named during the speaking out movement back in June 2020 (See Original Accusation Here).
Paul Robinson decided to part ways with Progress Wrestling voluntarily, having spent much of his career as part of the promotion, first debuting at Chapter 3 back in 2012 and regularly appearing from then on.
Paul Robinson had stayed quiet during the speaking out movement choosing not to release a statement at the time, Robinson has finally decided to make a statement at this time due to some of the accusations being made by fans.
To start with this is not being written as any form of attack however I do need to dismiss foul rumors and sheer lies that are being spouted about myself. I’m not going to dispute what Jess has been through, Jess is a victim, has been through more than most could take in a life time, and I’m hoping you see I know this as much as most.
This all starts with that Germany trip. A trip I did not even know of Jess’s existence beforehand. I believe my first encounter with Jess would have been upon landing and being the only smokers we went for a cigarette upon arrival. Yes we spoke. After arriving at the venue we all as a group of about 8 employees went out to a sports bar and got drunk. Whilst there I did not purchase Jess a drink, I did not even pass Jess a drink. We were all out as a group drink, no foul play. Yes me n Jess were talking, out drinking as the only smokers we would inevitably find ourselves talking alone in the smoking areas and that’s what happened. From here, we wondered the nearby market and as a group and had a laugh. From here we went back to the venue where I proceeded to get ready for my match. At this point in the statement made against me, Jess mentions Elders getting her drunk. I had no knowledge of this, I was in the locker room attempting to put an Ospreay style match together whilst drunk. (This is the first and last time performing under the influence of alcohol).
After the match was finish I was extremely sick, had a couple of beers and fell asleep infant of all on the concrete floor in the middle of the locker room.
The next day at IPW, I continued to spend time with Jess, most of which in the smoking area.
The above has already been covered, it’s what proceeded this day that has been left out. To briefly summarize the above, yes, me and Jess got close, yes we spent time together. At no point did I supply her with alcohol or get hurt drunk, I did not groom or take advantage and was definitely not a witness to her drinking during the show, I was in the changing area.
So Germany was the Saturday then we were in Kept for IPW the next day. After spending time with Jess over the course of the weekend she confided in me as to what had been happening with her life and what has been going on with the current IPW promoter. I did not see this as an opportunity to act as a predator as is being insinuated. No, I informed Jess’s father as to what had been going on. This is where I could have done better. Direct to his face in person I told him what was going on, I had conversations with him and her mother on the phone, in person and on Facebook. I said some horrible and nasty things to provoke a reaction from him. Hands up, I’ve said a lot worse than what he poste.d In hindsight, I should have gone straight to the police and not thought I could take on the world.
I spent a lot of time screaming from the roof tops as to what was doing on at IPW. In front of fans and wrestlers alike. This resulted in me parting ways with IPW for up to a year before new management took over (I believe).
Not only did I not prey on Jess, groom or take advantage but I was the only one willing to speak up at the time, inform her parents and challenge the current culture.
I whole heartedly apologize to Jess, Joe, and their family if the actions I took, thing I said and done were done in a way to hurt them or cause distress this was not and never will be my intention.Paul Robinson Via Facebook (Fightful.com) 28/02/2021
As per the statement Robinson wanted to squash any accusations that he had participated in any grooming what so ever of the young Jess, that he had not acted in any inappropriate behavior such as supplying a minor with any alcohol as some fans had accused him of. Robinson also wanted to make clear that at the time, once he had been made aware of what had been happening with Jess and IPW owner at the time Daniel Kerns, speaking out on her behalf and choosing to no longer work with IPW under Daniel Kerns, due to what had been happening.
It is unclear how fans may react to this statement, it is also unclear as to what the future may hold for Paul Robinson, in the short term he will no longer be part of Progress Wrestling either backstage or as performer.
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