Sean Waltman issues Surreal Life statement about editing, instigation.

Sean Waltman issues Surreal Life statement about editing, instigation.
Last week’s episode of The Surreal Life 4 featured Joanie Laurer’s boyfriend, wrestler Sean Waltman (aka X-Pac), showing up to the house with flowers. His visit resulted in a high-tension, near-violent confrontation with the cast. Waltman issued a statement with his side of the experience, which he says was heavily edited and instigated by producers. First, he says that “I had no intention of even going up to the house where they were filming the show” but “When I went to deliver the flowers to her, the directors asked me if I would like to bring them up and give them to her myself.” During their confrontation, he writes that producers “edited out about the next 30 minutes or so of her antics and over-acting for the cameras.” He also says, “It was Joanie who refused to let me leave and wanted me to stay there with her. … I said something about taking her out of there with me. She agreed and said she was going. They threatened some legal action and asked why I would want to ruin her career. I think I said something like, ‘This show isn’t going to make or break her career’ and mentioned the fact that they had already threatened to sue her before the show even started. I told them that I would produce a doctor’s note saying she was mentally unstable at the time and that their contract wouldn’t mean sh–. I told them that after six or seven days they had to realize this woman has some serious problems. They agreed.” Waltman says that ultimately, “I don’t really blame the other cast members for thinking I must be an ‘abusive asshole’ as Jane … said. I’m sure Joanie told them the same things she has tried to tell so many others about me.”

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