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Matt Riddle Dismisses Restraining Order Petition Against Sexual Assault Accuser
WWE SmackDown Superstar Matt Riddle recently dropped his petition for a restraining order against Candi Cartwright (Samantha Tavel), who previously accused him of sexual assault during the “#SpeakingOut” movement earlier this year.
Riddle and his lawyer accused Cartwright of cyber-stalking after the original accusation was made earlier this year, which led to the restraining order petition. Now it’s been revealed that Riddle and his lawyer filed to have the petition dismissed in Orange County, Florida on Monday, September 7, just 36 hours before a court date to hear a motion to dismiss, according to documents revealed by David Bixenspan.
Riddle alleged in the petition that Cartwright committed stalking, threatened harm against family members or others close to him, threatened to destroy personal property, and use weapons such as guns or knives, among other accusations.
Riddle’s petition recalled a timeline where he met Cartwright in 2016, and their affair began on November 6, 2017. He tried to break it off in June 2018, but they kept going. He then attempted a definitive breakup in July 2019 after Cartwright allegedly “systematically stalked, cyberstalked, and harassed” Riddle and his wife since July 9, 2019. He alleges that he then blocked Cartwright on social media, and changed his phone number, only for her to text him from a burner phone saying that if Riddle did not leave his wife for her that he would be sorry and Cartwright would ruin his career, according to Riddle. He then claimed that days later he and his wife contemplated filing for a restraining order, only to contact WWE and inform them of the situation.
The only place that the restraining order petition called for Cartwright to be banned from was the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Cartwright’s lawyer, Allison Lovelady, argued that this indicated the true intention of Riddle’s petition, claiming that he was only trying to keep Cartwright from his place of work. The only incident named following the harassment that began on July 9, 2019, was the allegation that Cartwright came from New York to Full Sail University in Florida, this past February 2020, where Riddle was working, and “made a scene and had to be escorted out of the building.”
No other incidents were listed in the petition, besides Cartwright’s “#SpeakingOut” allegation on June 19, which “went viral and caused myself and my family substantial emotional distress,” according to Riddle. The petition also claimed that Cartwright tweeted out Riddle’s home address and his wife’s phone number, which allegedly led to prank calls. The tweet could not be found, and Cartwright’s lawyer said there was no evidence that the tweet was ever sent.
Cartwright’s lawyer has filed for dismissal, claiming a lack of evidence, among other issues with the petition.
It was noted that Riddle’s voluntary dismissal drops the case entirely. If they had proceeded to the hearing scheduled for the second week of this month, then a successful motion to dismiss on anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) grounds may have resulted in Riddle being forced to pay legal fees and court costs to Cartwright.
Riddle previously released a video denying the sexual assault allegations, but admitted to the affair with Cartwright. You can see that video at this link. You can read the statement issued through Riddle’s lawyers earlier this summer, along with the last photos Cartwright released of the two together, at this link.
Stay tuned for more.
(H/T to David Bixenspan of Babyface v. Heel)
Former ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Stassi Schroeder Speaks out Since Being Fired
It seems like Stassi was not super aware that calling the police on Faith could be viewed as racist until many people, including Faith, pointed it out to her. She admitted to Tamron that she now understands that her not understanding was due to her white privilege.
“I didn’t understand that just because something wasn’t about race for me doesn’t mean it’s not about race for the other person,” she said.
But another issue was brought back up, in which Stassi was asked to explain her thinking behind sharing an image on an Instagram Story back in 2018, in which she labeled her friends’ outfits “Criminal chic” and “Tupac chic,” before labeling her own “Nazi chic.”
Of the three labels, fans took the most offense at “Nazi chic.” At the time, the reality star was taken to task by many of her followers, who informed her that it was greatly in poor taste to joke about Nazis in such a manner. Stassi removed the image and then reshared it on a new Instagram Story, with the caption, “Appropriate redo.” In the new image, “Nazi chic” was changed to “#Elsa-Indiana Jones chic.”
When Tamron asked about her “Nazi chic” phrasing, Stassi explained, “It was a poor joke among me and my friends, and it was so wrong. I have spent my life as a privileged person and it is my fault … the issue is, I did not know better. I was so used to making jokes at other people’s expense.”
‘Rick and Morty’ wins 2nd Emmy for Best Animated Program at Saturday’s Creative Arts ceremony
“Rick and Morty” won its second Emmy for Best Animated Program at Saturday night’s Creative Arts ceremony. The series, created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, was in second place in our predictions center with 4/1 odds of prevailing for their season four episode, “The Vat of Acid Episode.” The show won this category two years ago when they scored their first nomination for the episode, “Pickle Rick.”
In the episode, Morty criticizes Rick for what he sees as a poorly planned escape of hiding in a vat of acid and goads Rick into creating a “save point” remote which would allow Morty to save his place in life and return to it should something go wrong. Morty uses it to engage in a bunch of shenanigans but uses it before talking to a girl who he falls in love with. The two eventually go on a vacation where their plane crashes but are eventually rescued but Morty gets returned to his “save point” when Jerry accidentally uses the save point remote instead of the television remote. Morty then finds out that he hasn’t been acting without consequence and when a whole bunch of wronged people converge on the Smith house to get back at Morty, Rick provides one method of escape: a fake vat of acid.
The favorite in this category had been Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” which sat atop our predictions center with 16/5 odds of prevailing for its final season with the episode, “The View From Halfway Down.” It was the show’s second (and final) nomination in the category. The episode sees BoJack in a recurring dream where he is at a dinner party featuring several people in his past who have also died. BoJack eventually realizes something is wrong when he doesn’t wake up at the part of the dream when he would normally do so. Each of the guests soon disappears into a black void which threatens to consume BoJack, who realizes that his mind is processing the fact that he passed out in his pool following a destructive bender. When the blackness completely absorbs BoJack, we hear a heart monitor flat-lining as the credits roll only for a heartbeat to start several seconds later.
“The Simpsons” had been in third place in our combined odds with a 9/2 chance of winning the category after collecting their eleventh trophy last year. This year, they were nominated for the episode, “Thanksgiving of Horror.” The episode featured three Thanksgiving-related vignettes, in the same style as their annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special. The first vignette imagines many of Springfield’s residents as turkeys that are being hunted by other Springfield characters that are portrayed as pilgrims. The second sees Marge take a backseat to and fighting against an A.I. system that manages the family better than she can. The third vignette has Bart and Milhouse accidentally bring a can of cranberry sauce to life that subsequently begins to devour all the children in Springfield.
Our predictions center had two-time winner, “Bob’s Burgers,” in fourth place with a combined odds of winning at 9/2 for their episode, “Pig Trouble in Little Tina.” The show had previously won the prize in 2014 (“Mazel-Tina”) and 2017 (“Bob, Actually”). In the episode, Tina joins in making fun of her fetal pig that she’s supposed to dissect in the hopes of being invited on a hayride where she’s hoping to make out with Jimmy Jr. The pig starts haunting her dreams which threatens whether or not she’ll be able to go on the hayride. Elsewhere in the episode, Bob must overcome his fear of having objects inserted into his ear when Linda discovers a huge ball of wax that refuses to budge from Bob’s ear canal.
Netflix’s raunchy “Big Mouth” was in last place in our predictions center with 9/2 odds of winning for the episode, “Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!” In the episode, major drama spreads throughout the school during a musical production of the 1994 sexual thriller, “Disclosure.” Nick and Missy start to develop feelings for each other, which complicates Missy’s relationship with her controlling boyfriend, Lars. Lola is taken advantage of by the teacher leading the production and several students boycott the show for its twisted take on sexual harassment and racial stereotypes. The episode also features the Fab Five from “Queer Eye” helping to give Coach Steve a makeover as he attempts to get his job back at the school. The show did manage to pull off two victories at Thursday night’s presentation: Best Derivative Interactive Program (“Big Mouth Guide to Life”) and Best Character Voice-Over Performance for Maya Rudolph.
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