She did an interview here if anyone wants to read her side.
I dunno if they added a link to it but this is what I tweeted last night in response to the thing Mo said about an unnamed reporter (which everyone assumed to be me) in the interview:
With regards to what people have been speculating about:
First things first, when Mo initially DMed me, this was not a story about Michael Elgin, wrestler I talked to sometimes. His name came up as a local indie locker room leader type who didn't believe her and thus was siding with Sean Orleans. She didn't relay any abuse allegations against Elgin or the stuff from the texts she released later. The screenshots of texts that I saw were about him not believing Mo and asking her to leave him alone. The really inflammatory texts that got the most attention were not shared with me at any point before Mo released them publicly.
I made the mistake of not telling Mo that this kind of story could take time, especially while I also had other stories I had to do since I'm a freelancer and and needed to get paid. It was absolutely a mistake on my part, and I am incredibly sorry for it. That said, this wasn't her reaching out in the interim with me no selling her. The conversation at that point had ended with a comment she had made that felt like the last word of a particular thread of messages.
Elgin and I had agreed previously on chatting in person after his booking here in NYC. Since the story wasn't really about him at the time and I still needed to dig a bit, I made the judgement call to leave that unchanged. I didn't tell Mo because it's not like Elgin was on the record with me. Again, she had said nothing yet about Elgin abusing her. After his booking, Elgin and I talked wrestling for a few minutes and that was it.
Sometimes, someone you know gets linked to a story and you have to act as if everything is normal. It's unfortunate, but it's a reality of this job.
Meanwhile, as I attempted to report out what I could, I realized that this wasn't going to be a sufficiently reportable story that I could take to editors. I had been planning on explaining this to Mo, how it had nothing to do with whether I believed her but was just part of the process, and stupidly put it off. After Elgin tweeted about meeting me and we exchanged Wrestling Twitter platitudes (again, trying to keep everything surface status quo) Mo replied, clearly thinking the worst. I DMed her, conceded my lapse as far as explaining the potential timeline, explained the Elgin parts in much the same way I have above, and laid out what would be needed to make this something I could bring to those above me.
She told me that she never expected the story to be treated journalistically, just thinking I would call out Elgin and Orleans on Twitter.
Not sure what to think, I said I was sorry if I gave her that impression, but that wasn't what I had been looking to do. Eventualy I stopped responding when I gave up on the conversation going on a constructive direction. We messaged occasionally after that, starting with her reaching out after everything blew up a month later. I also gave her a heads up when someone else (the guy who did the story that got vetoed) would be reaching out, as he talked to me to make sure he wasn't stepping on my toes by pitching a story to somewhere that I write for (which wasn't who greenlit it).
I don't blame Mo for losing faith in me, though, because of course it looked terrible from her POV.