Matt Riddle was accused of sexual assault during the #SpeakingOut Movement. He came out and denied those allegations brought against him by indie wrestler Candy Cartwright. He did admit to having an affair with Cartwright, real name Samantha Tavel.
A lawsuit was filed by Tavel against Riddle, WWE, EVOLVE, and Gabe Sapolsky. That lawsuit was dropped for WWE, EVOLVE, and Sapolsky, but a judge did not clear the Original Bro.
According to PW Insider, a judge has ruled that Tavel and Riddle’s lawsuit will continue. The two sides are ordered to submit initial disclosures by May 21st. They will then begin discovery, the process where each side presents evidence in the case for a potential trial.
Discovery must be completed in this lawsuit by November 30th. At this time, the date has not been pushed up due to COVID-19 as so many other cases have been.
Cartwright alleged that WWE and EVOLVE removed her from bookings when she broke things off from Riddle. After it was announced that she would be suing the parties involved, WWE released a statement saying: “WWE has not been served with a lawsuit by Ms. Tavel. However, if served, we will vigorously defend ourselves and contest it.”
Riddle later sued Cartwright for the accusations and she turned to fans for help in paying for her legal defense. In the meantime, Riddle’s spot in WWE television has not been negatively effected. He is still in a featured storyline alongside Randy Orton in a new tag team.
We will continue monitoring this ongoing story here at Ringside News.