WWE/CHARLOTTE FLAIR: Wrestler Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair and the WWE settle lawsuit brought by her ex (Charlotte Observer)

Posted on 4/08/119 by Mike Informer

Wrestler Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair and the WWE settle
lawsuit brought by her ex

APRIL 07, 2019 11:37 AM
UPDATED APRIL 07, 2019 11:37 AM

Wrestling diva Charlotte Flair, her wrestling icon dad, Ric
Nature Boy Flair, and the WWE have settled a $5.5 million
defamation lawsuit brought against them by her ex-husband in
federal court in Charlotte, court records show.

The sides filed a settlement notice with the court on
Thursday, according to a copy of the notice obtained by The
Charlotte Observer. The sides reached agreement on and
executed a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of All
Claims, according to the notice. Terms were not disclosed.

The lawsuit, filed in October 2018 by Riki Paul Johnson,
said the Flairs 2017 book, Second Nature, defamed him
with multiple falsehoods, the Observer reported when the
lawsuit was filed.

False assertions cited by Johnson in his lawsuit included
the books claim that he physically and psychologically
abused the Flairs, and that he is sterile, the Observer
reported. He said in his lawsuit that his current wife was
pregnant with their child,.

The book also falsely claimed that he was fired from two
jobs for drug abuse, Johnson said in the lawsuit. He said
his ex-wife made the false assertions to draw sympathy and
boost her World Wrestling Entertainment profile.

While the Flairs never responded to media inquiries about
Johnsons claims, TMZ Sports reported a statement from WWE
calling Johnsons lawsuit meritless.

The Observer on Saturday emailed requests for comment about
the settlement to Charlotte lawyer Trey Lindley, who
represents Johnson; Charlotte lawyer Jon Buchan, who
represents the WWE and Ric Flair; and to Raleigh lawyer
Amanda Martin, who represents Charlotte Flair. The lawyers
did not immediately respond.

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