Joey Ryan is filing multi-million dollar lawsuits against the women who have accused him of sexual assault following the #SpeakingOut movement.
HeelByNature.com first reported that they had obtained a filing by Ryan against three of his accusers. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District and Central Court on September 24.
The filings claim that the allegedly false accusations brought against him resulted in damages to his reputation and his livelihood.
Ryan was released from Impact Wrestling since the accusations were made against him and has shut down his promotion Bar Wrestling. He also deleted his social media accounts, though those have been reactivated.
He claims he has lost upwards of $20,000 in monthly income since the accusations. The losses were due to losses in social media followers, revenue from Bar Wrestling, merchandising, Patreon account, Cameo account, Twitch stream, and wrestling bookings.
Ryan is seeking $200,000 in economic damages from each of the defendants and $5,000,000 in non-economic damages, and punitive damages of $10M for “malice, hatred, ill will, and despicable and intentional acts.”
An injunction has also been filed against the defendants making “defamatory statements” and directing them to “detract the statements” and instruct websites where the statements were posted to delete them.
Meanwhile, PWInsider is reporting on a second lawsuit, also filed on September 24 at the City of Los Angeles’ Central Judicial District. This filing names one woman and ten additional “Jane Does”.
Here, Ryan is requesting damages for “negligent infliction of emotional distress” as well as libel. He is seeking an amount in excess of $25,000 for economic damages and $25,000 in non-economic damages against each defendant.
He is also asking for an injunction order to have the defamatory statements retracted and to get them taken down from websites.
All of the lawsuits filed are requesting for a jury trial.