A woman who alleges that current WWE SmackDown superstar Matt Riddle has sexually assaulted her has filed a civil lawsuit against him, as well as the WWE and former owner of EVOLVE, Gabe Sapolsky.
Fightful acquired court documents which show that Samantha Tavel, also known as Candy Cartwright, is seeking $10 million in damages from each of the defendants. This is for “actual damages, damages from emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.”
The suit alleges that she was assaulted by Riddle several times from 2017 to 2020. She alleges that the first assault occurred in April 2017 in a parking lot after an EVOLVE show. According to her suit, Riddle had bragged about the incident to Sapolsky and two others from the WWE.
The story was also picked up by the Chicago Sun Times where Tavel claims that she was terminated by EVOLVE after she refused to continue to perform “forced sexual acts” on Riddle.
WWE has issued a statement about the lawsuit denying that they have been served with a lawsuit by Tavel.
“However, if served, we will vigorously defend ourselves and contest it,” reads the statement.
As of the writing of this post, there has been no comment or statement released by Riddle or anyone else who was supposedly served with the suite.