Riki Paul Johnson, WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair’s ex-husband, has filed a defamation suit against WWE, 16-time World Champion and Hall of Famer Ric Flair and Charlotte.
As per TMZ, Riki claims that “The Queen” defamed him in the “Second Nature” book that was written by Charlotte and Ric. The book was promoted by WWE and released in September, 2017. Riki states that The Flairs wrote negatively about his relationship with Charlotte going as far as falsely stating that he is sterile and incapable of having children. Charlotte and Riki were married from 2010 to 2011. The Queen signed with WWE in 2012.
According to Riki, the allegations made by The Flairs resulted in humiliating his family, including his three children who happen to be the main targets of ridicule and shame.
Riki is now seeking more than $5 million in damages. The claims also state that the book includes “multiple false allegations physical and/or psychological abuse”, which Riki can prove with police reports and dash-cam footage.
The Flairs, as per Riki, also wrongly wrote that he was fired from two jobs because of illicit drug use.
Riki’s lawsuit claims that The Flairs intentionally painted him as a bad guy in order to aim the spotlight at Charlotte by making her seem like a “victim who overcame personal adversity and domestic abuse.”
It’s no secret that fans buy into Superstars who have overcome adversities in real life and WWE cunningly uses that struggle-story as a major plot for various storylines. The most recent one dates back to Nia Jax’s WrestleMania 34 storyline that drew inspiration from Jax’s real life struggle with body-shame.
The reason why WWE has been mentioned in the lawsuit is because of the role it played in the marketing of the book.
Although Ric Flair didn’t bother to drop any comment, WWE issued the following statement:
“We recently received what appears to be a meritless lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves.”