A court case involving Matt Riddle and independent wrestler Candy Cartwright (Samantha Tavel) ended in the past couple of weeks. Riddle filed a Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Stalking on July 13 and alleged Tavel committed stalking, previously threatened, harassed, stalked, cyberstalked or physically abused him, threatened to harm him or his family members, used or threatened to use weapons to harm him, and destroyed his personal property.
His petition was not immediately granted, however, as an Orange County court deemed there was not a "sufficient factual basis" to enter the injunction and a hearing was scheduled for September 9. Both Mr Riddle's and Ms Tavel's lawyers argued for and against dismissal of the petition ahead of September 9 and the WWE Superstar filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal on September 7. You can read more about the court case here.
Cartwright has since issued a statement which you can read here.
Matt Riddle's attorney Daniel J. Rose issued his own statement on the voluntary dismissal yesterday. Within it, he noted Riddle intends to file a civil suit against Samantha Tavel "for her continued false and defamatory statements that our client sexually assaulted her."
The statement reads: "On July 14, 2020, our client Matthew Riddle only sought a cyberstalking injunction against Samantha Tavel. The Court set it for hearing as they found probable cause for the matter to be heard. It was represented to our client and our firm that Ms Tavel had moved on with her life and our client would no longer need to continue with the cyberstalking injunction. Our client then dismissed the cyberstalking injunction (without prejudice) which left all of his legal remedies open and allowed for closure. Today, our client has elected to file a civil suit against Ms Tavel for her continued false and defamatory statements that our client sexually assaulted her. No further statements will be made on social media on this matter at this time."