WWE and Matt Riddle being sued for £7.7m EACH by wrestler Candy Cartwright over sexual assault allegations
WWE star Matt Riddle is reportedly being sued for £7.7m by ex-girlfriend Candy Cartwright for sexual assault.
Cartwright, real name Samantha Tavel, alleges that between 2017 and 2020 Riddle commited a series of offences against her.
Fightful claims to have seen the court documents, and reports that Tavel is claiming £7.7m each from Riddle, from WWE and from Evolve owner Gabe Sapolsky.
WWE, who purchased the Evolve franchise in 2020, has denied receiving any lawsuit.
In a statement they said: "WWE has not been served with a lawsuit by Ms. Tavel.
"However, if served, we will vigorously defend ourselves and contest it.”
And Evolve owner Gabe Sabolsky told Fightful that the lawsuit was 'news to me'.
Riddle, who currently fights on WWE's Smackdown brand, has always denied any allegations of sexual assault of Tavel.
He signed with WWE in June 2018, with the organisation previously linking up with Evolve back in 2015 to scout talent.
The 34-year-old even launched a cyberstalking injunction against Tavel that was later dropped.
His lawyer Daniel Rose then said that Riddle would be launching civil action against Tavel over the 'false statements' of sexual assault.
With the latest developments, attorneys on Riddle's side have said that they will counter-sue Cartwright, 29, over her allegations.
The Chicago Sun Times reports Tavel’s attorney, John Chwarzynski, as saying that there were a 'multitude of sexual assaults committed by Matt Riddle against my client, Candi Cartwright'.
He added: “The WWE has painted a picture over the course of the years that female performers are to comply with certain rules.
“The WWE, since its inception, has hyper-sexualized female performers and they’ve profited from male aggression against these female performers.”
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