On a recent episode of Vince Russo's podcast Vince Russo's The Brand, the former WWE writer claimed that while he was employed by the company one of the female wrestlers came up to him and said she had been raped by one of the male wrestlers on the roster.
He wouldn't name names, but it did prompt former Diva Shelly Martinez to confess she was almost raped while with the company.
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
A fan reached out to Martinez and speculated that it was WWE's European tour in late 2006, which she didn't dispute.
Martinez worked in WWE from 2005-07, starting out as a member of the company's Ohio Valley Wrestling developmental territory. She made her debut on the main roster as Ariel, a manager for Kevin Thorne on the ECW brand. She was released in May 2007 because of, as she later claimed, a confrontation with Batista.
She's since gone on to have multiple stints with Impact Wrestling (then known as Total Nonstop Action), but hasn't been connected to WWE since her release.
Martinez later thanked her fans for reaching out.
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
...This isn’t the 1st time I’ve mentioned it. I’ve done an audio diary on it before. Maybe people are paying attention this time due to what going on it Hollywood.— Shelly Martinez (@ShellyFromCali) December 8, 2017