Matt Riddle filed a lawsuit against his #SpeakingOut accuser Samantha Tavel, better known as Candy Cartwright. Now she is returning fire with a lawsuit of her own directed at Riddle, WWE, and more.

Recent court filings indicate that Samantha Tavel filed a lawsuit against Matt Riddle, WWE, Gabe Sapolsky, and EVOLVE Wrestling with the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois.

Tavel is seeking $10 million from each defendant. Tavel’s attorneys representing her are Hale & Monico’s John Chwarynski Jr. and they are claiming actual damages, damages from emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and other costs related to the case.

The lawsuit alleges that Matt Riddle sexually assaulted Tavel in April, 2017 in the parking lot after an EVOLVE show. The lawsuit also alleges that Riddle bragged about it with EVOLVE’s owner Gave Sapolsky who “tacitly approved” of this sexual misconduct.

The lawsuit also brings up May 19th, 2018 when Riddle allegedly forced Tavel to preform oral sex on him by choking her. The suit also claims that this was done in front of other members of the EVOLVE roster while they were on a bus leaving a Summit, Illinois event, the site of EVOLVE 104.

It was also mentioned in the lawsuit that EVOLVE had a “misogynistic culture” which was created by those she is filing the lawsuit against. It was also stated that WWE has condoned toxic misogyny for 30 years.

It is also alleged that Tavel had bookings with WWE and EVOLVE on or around January 31st, 2020, and Riddle forced her to perform sexual acts under the threat that she would lose those bookings if she denied him. When she told Riddle that she refused to continue with things, he allegedly told WWE and EVOLVE to stop booking her. It was said she had “issues with talent” to prevent her from getting booked.

Matt Riddle denied ever sexually assaulting anyone during a video statement. He did admit to having an affair with Tavel. Ringside News will continue to monitor this ongoing story.

Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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