Paige's Family Accused of Sexual Assault - Soraya (Mother) and Paige Issue Responses

Posted By James Walsh on 06/26/20


Wrestling fan Richard Whiting wrote the following on Twitter regarding Paigeís mom Saraya Knight (Julia Hamer):

ďFirst and foremost, I want to offer my full support to all the girls and guys that have spoken out over the last few days, you are all incredibly brave and have served as inspiration to share what I am about to share about Sweet Saraya of the Knight family.

Iíve been reluctant to share because I do not feel traumatised by the incident and have never regarded it as sexual abuse, in fact Iíve joked about it on occasion. Thereís also a toxic macho aspect to this whereby as a bloke the overriding things stopping me share this is embarrassment as opposed to fear.

So when I was 10 or 11 (so this would be 2000/2001) I attended a Premier Promotions show with my best friend (@craiglaggs) . Burgess Hill, West Sussex. On the card was Sweet Saraya. After the show I waited around like a dork with my pal and went to get autographs at the stage door. Out comes Saraya, she signs my book and I start giggling with my friend. She then lurches forward and starts french kissing me with her tongue down my throat. It was disgusting, confusing and embarrassing.

Approximately 20 years on and I look back with total confusion. Why would someone do this? This was not an action that was a product of its time. It was around the time of Sarah Payne and Ian Huntley. Behaviour like this was as frowned upon then as it is today.

Now Iím not going to lie, Iíve joked about this. Iíve never considered myself a victim either because Iím in denial or something else. Whatís heightened things is Iíve been at many milestones for Paigeís career including her debut in New Orleans and at an event in Brighton where she embraced her entire family who were in front row. Thereís been occasions where Iíve spoken to members of her family in person but Iíve never been brave enough to raise it (probably for fear of coming across a creep).

Iíve never wanted to be one of those guys that pushes cancel culture, but I see the stories today and Iím appalled and have to go public. This behaviour is disgusting and Iím joining the chorus.Ē

Hamer issued a response on Facebook to accusations made against her:

ďSo for the last 3 days I have sat wondering what exactly is needed to satisfy this bloodthirsty hunt, my life, you want me to die? You think by pushing buttons I am going to lie there and just take it.

Firstly, I refute any statements regarding kissing a minor, thats f***ing sick and if norfolk police wants to come and chat to me about it, i f***ing welcome it. Where was the parents during this apparent act! 10 years old at a show alone? I dont think so! I hope you have good lawyers. I will welcome ANY police enquiry into this matter. I absolutely deny this!!!!!

Yasmin we were talking up to April this year, why didnít you say, you came to my gym just before lockdown during training, cuddled me, you and Alice came in, in front of 30 people!! I dont get it!

Ayesha, we didnít get on, we fought hard, you gave as good as you got, you didnít back down, we argued like equals. As far as I am concerned, you are entitled to whatever opinion you have of me, you were no shrinking violet.

Alice, I am shocked, I have always loved you. This has hurt bad.

In fact everyone that has written something, no matter whether true or false, right or wrong has had plenty of time to approach me. Why wait all this time?

I will be stepping away with immediate effect, i will be deleting all social media, you can attack me via sweetsaraya@hotmail.com, I will be happy to forward everyones point of view to my solicitor, im sure as you can see the business will be in great hands. And for every ying there is a yang, i know that this now is going to crescendo, but its ok, there are 2 sides to every story remember that.

Thankyou for 30 years, i am done, i cannot believe that I am being attacked in this f***ing insane way, i am walking away because I am heartbroken not because Iím being forced to. I cannot stomach even being around wrestling. I have got f*** all to hide, i have done f*** all to warrant this, i train hard!! I have trained everywhere, made more of my money in training than wrestling, i am such a bad teacher! You girls can f***ing go thats no coincide! I cannot accept this. And I wonít. I am seeking legal advice. Any allegations now please forward to norfolk police!!!!Ē

After brave stories with regards to the Knight family from @charliemorganuk and @jayladark, Iíd like to share the following on ĎSweetí Saraya Knight #SpeakingOut pic.twitter.com/WOFa5zTmu4

ó Richard Whiting (@therichwhiting) June 22, 2020



Paige is appreciative of her fans for supporting her family amid the recent allegations against them, and posted videos expressing her gratitude. The WWE star posted a series of videos to her Instagram story commenting on the support that sheís seen from people after her family, and her mother Saraya Knight in particular, were accused of abuse by several former trainees from their school. Knight posted a lengthy comment responding to the allegations and then deactivated her social media accounts.

Paige did not directly comment on the allegations themselves, instead noting that she hasnít been on her main social media accounts but has seen an ďoutpour of positivityĒ for her family on her Twitch streams. You can see her full comments below:

ďWhatís up, you guys? Iíve not had my social media for the past couple of weeks. Obviously, I told everyone on Twitch itís a ó itís very negative as of right now. But I did wanna just say a big thank you for everyone thatís just supported my mom and my family. They have just had this outpour of positivity. And I just canít believe how much my family and my mom is loved. And I just want to say a big thank you for all the support that you guys have given to my mom especially, you just donít realize how many hearts that my mom has truly touched, in the wrestling world and in just the real world, you know?

ďAnd I just think that out of all this in general: itís bittersweet. Because my mom has had a s**t-ton of flowers sent outside of her house, it literally looks like a florist outside her house. Sheís also had a bunch of people from all her training seminars, and just friends in general, and people that sheís really inspired and helped and encouraged just make a bunch of videos for her and put them on the internet.Ē

ďAnd people are taking over my Twitch saying ĎI Stand With Saraya Knight.í And I just think weíre just overwhelmed with how amazing you guys have been, and there is some positivity going around right now. And I think thatís wonderful. So again, on behalf of my mom and my family, we want to thank you so incredibly much. And Iím gonna post a couple of things to show you what people are doing for her. But thank you guys so much again, weíre smiling from ear to ear. Because my family just feels so loved.Ē