Wrestler cancels wedding as guests sent videos of bride accused of being escort
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A world champion wrestler lashed out at his bride during their wedding party after guests received messages saying she was an escort.
Zaurbek Sidakov, 24, had married Madina Pliyeva, 25, the previous day in Russia’s North Caucasus region, with 500 guests attending.
They received racy videos featuring the bride, allegedly sent by the disgruntled wife of her alleged billionaire tycoon lover.
The messages appeared as the groom’s male friends were throwing him in the air in a traditional dance, and while the female guests were celebrating the marriage in a nearby room.
Freestyle wrestler Sidakov, who was due to represent Russia at the postponed 2020 Olympics, then found his bride and pulled her away by the hair.
He left her weeping on the floor and the party was cancelled.
Madina was taken to hospital by her friends and family, and is now reportedly hiding in Moscow.
Her father suffered a heart attack in the wake of the wedding scandal, according to reports.
Friends of the groom took him away from the party and into the mountains to “come to his senses and not to do anything rash”.
The claims were reportedly a “complete surprise” to Sidakov, and came after guests provided wedding gifts worth more than £80,000.
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An elderly guest said: “Perhaps in a less heated situation the reaction would not have been so extreme.”
The bride’s friends strongly dispute that she had worked as an escort and claimed that her husband had not known about her past life, since they only met in late April.
A source said: 'She is from a wealthy family…it turns out that she had been in love with a married man and some of her friends knew that.
“However, it was three years ago. And the videos posted to guests are from three years ago too.”
The bride had reportedly been the mistress of a Russian billionaire in his 60s who is on the Forbes Russian list.
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The tycoon has not commented on the claims but is said to have now provided the woman with a luxury flat while she recovers from her nightmare wedding.
An anonymous source said: “Madina's older lover, whose wife had taken her revenge, rented her an apartment in Moscow and convinced her to lay low until interest in this story dies away.”
Sidakov was declared Senior World Champion in 2018 and 2019.
He dedicated his win to all the victims of the Beslan school terrorist siege of 2004.
As a boy, he was evacuated from the school in the Russian town – his birthplace – in which 334 people were murdered.
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