Charlotte Flair is being sued by her ex-husband, who claims she defamed him in a memoir released last year.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Riki Paul Johnson is suing Charlotte (real name Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr), Ric Flair (real name Richard Morgan Fliehr), and WWE.
Johnson claims Ashley defamed him in Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte, which the father-daughter duo co-wrote and St. Martin’s Press published in September 2017.
Johnson claims the Fliehrs wrote negatively about his relationship with Ashley, falsely stating that he is sterile and incapable of fathering children.
Johnson claims the book contains “multiple false allegations physical and/or psychological abuse.” He says he can prove Ashley’s allegations are false from police reports and dashcam footage.
Johnson claims the Fliehrs wrongly claimed he was fired from two jobs due to illicit drug use.
Johnson claims he was intentionally painted as a villain in order to make Ashley seem like a “victim who overcame personal adversity and domestic abuse.”
Johnson says the allegations have humiliated his family — including his three children — because they’ve been subjected to ridicule and shame by people who believe the Fliehrs.
Johnson and Ashley were married for about a year. They got married in May 2010 and divorced sometime in 2011.
Since WWE was involved in the promotion of the book, Johnson feels they should be held liable as well. He is seeking $5 million in damages.
In response to the lawsuit, WWE said in a statement to TMZ Sports, “We recently received what appears to be a meritless lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves.”
TMZ Sports also reached out to the Fliehrs, who have yet to comment.