Back in October, WWE, Charlotte Flair, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair & Author Brian Shields were sued by Charlotte’s ex-husband, Riki Paul Johnson, for what was written about him in The WWE book Second Nature.
Riki claimed that Charlotte defamed him in the book that WWE released on The Flairs in September 2017 by saying that The Flairs wrote negatively about his relationship with Charlotte, falsely stating that he is sterile and incapable of fathering children. The two were married from 2010 to 2011, before Charlotte signed with WWE in 2012.
In an update, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair, Charlotte, WWE & Shields were granted a motion on November 29th that they would be given an extended amount of time to respond to the lawsuit that was filed against them, according to PWInsider.com. The defendants now have until January 18th to respond, unless Johnson resets the clock for a response by filing an amended lawsuit.
When the lawsuit originated, WWE gave the following statement to TMZ:
“We recently received what appears to be a meritless lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves.”
Riki is seeking more than $5 million in damages. He says that the allegations in the book have humiliated his family, including his three children. He also claims that the book includes “multiple false allegations physical and/or psychological abuse,” and he says that he can prove this with police reports and dash-cam footage.
Riki also says that The Flairs wrongly claimed he was fired from two jobs to illicit drug use and he was intentionally painted as a bad guy as a way to make Charlotte seem like a “victim who overcame personal adversity and domestic abuse.”