Candi Cartwright, who has accused WWE star Matt Riddle of sexual assault in acts between April 2017 and January 2020, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Riddle, WWE, former EVOLVE promoter Gabe Sapolsky and EVOLVE as a promotion.
Cartwright is seeking $10 million in damages from each for actual damages, damages from emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.
Real name Samantha Tavel, Cartwright spoke in a news conference yesterday of a time after an EVOLVE show in May 2018 where Riddle suggested forcing oral sex from her and at that time she thought he “never would do anything to hurt me and, in that moment, I was terrified”.
The phrase ‘tacit consent’ has been used regarding EVOLVE and WWE’s knowledge of the acts.
Carwright’s lawyer John Chwarzynski had a point to make regarding WWE’s status in the wrestling business, whilst commenting that the incident mentioned above was one of a “multitude of sexual assaults committed by Matt Riddle against my client”.
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.
Matt Riddle’s attorney said in mid-September that Riddle would be filing against Cartwright for continued false and defamatory statements regarding the case.
WWE have issued a statement earlier this week confirming their stance on the accusations against them.
WWE has not been served with a lawsuit by Ms. Tavel. However, if served, we will vigorously defend ourselves and contest it.