Darby Allin has been alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted a former partner in an accusation levied at him 2020. The former TNT Champion is one of the top stars in AEW, but these accusations could send his career crashing down and see an end to his run in AEW alongside Sting.
Darby Allin had allegations of Rape levied at him
Darby Allin was accused of rape and sexual abuse by former partner Hawlee Cromwell. The independent wrestler claimed that Allin subjected her to “rape” and coercing her to have sex with him, often threatening to leave her if she refused.
She originally posted the statement on Twitter at the height of the #SpeakingOut movement in pro wrestling. However, in 2021 she reposted her original accusation with the comments “I’m tired I’m so fucking tired and I don’t care anymore. Darby allin abused me.“
In the statement posted to Twitter, she claimed that Darby Allin “threatened to leave me if I didn’t have sex with him”, and clarified that “threatening someone to have sex with you isn’t consent – it’s Rape”. However, her original statement stated that she wont be “naming any names because I don’t feel comfortable”, but later reposted the accusation naming the former TNT Champion as her abuser.
Tony Khan was told about the claims and cleared Allin of all wrongdoing
Despite the allegations, Darby Allin has continued to wrestle weekly in AEW. It was reported by the Everything Elite Patreon that Allin reported the accusation to Tony Khan immediately. They also claimed that the showed Khan, the AEW president, messages between himself and Crawford which led to AEW immediately absolving him of guilt and he continued to wrestle on TV.
Whilst those DM’s have never been released, it gave Tony Khan enough knowledge to believe Allin’s side of the story. He has always been quick to respond to these allegations, like when Jimmy Havoc was fired for a similar accusation, so the endorsement by Khan could be seen by some as as assumption of innocence on Allin’s part.
Neither AEW or Darby Allin comments on the accusations and the matter seems to have been put to one side by both parties. Allin continues to wrestler for AEW, teaming with WCW legend Sting, although a former WWE star referenced the rape accusations in a Twitter spat just last year.
A WWE star referenced the allegations in malice
NXT star Cora Jade has thrown shade at Darby Allin, referencing his allegations in a back-and-forth Twitter spat that left both wrestlers embarrassed at their part in the beef.
The short-lived online feud began when a Twitter user humorously suggested that Jade take on Allin in a “skateboarding match”, alluding to their joint love of skateboarding and it being a big part of both of their characters.
However, Darby Allin took umbrage to the idea, taking great pride in his skateboarding background. He replied to the tweet with an insult to Jade, stating that skating was not for a “fake character for tv” and was a big part of his life.
“Skating is a huge part of my life not a fake character for tv lol.” Darby said, before later deleting the Tweet due to the backlash he would eventually receive from WWE fans.
Cora Jade fired back at the accusation of using it simply as a character (although there is nothing wrong with portraying a character who you don’t define yourself by). The NXT star took the insult in her stride, calling herself a “good person with no abuse allegations”, a direct accusation toward Darby Allin for the allegations of abuse he suffered at the hands of his ex-partner.
“Being a good person with no abuse allegations against me is a huge part of my life and not just a character I play on tv.” Cora Jade Tweeted, before also deleting the post due to the backlash both wrestlers received.
Neither wrestler have spoken about the interaction since then and seem to have distanced themselves from one another. Despite the allegations Darby Allin still wrestles weekly on AEW Television and is currently locked in a feud with Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews, also known as House of Black.