Chris Dickinson has filed a lawsuit.
According to a court document, Chris Torre, who wrestles under the name Chris Dickinson, has filed a lawsuit against Christina Kardooni and McKaila Coulter, both of which are former former partners of his. In the suit, Torre is seeking damages to recover from the "alleged blatant acts of defamation that wrongfully accuse Mr. Torre of abusive conduct".
The court documents claim that Torre is still denying any participation in any of the violent acts that Kardooni and Coutler have ever accused of him, while also claiming that he has lost up to $50,000 as a result of not being able to secure any wrestling bookings for the past two and a half months.
In the suit, Torre specifically mentioned his previous relationships with Game Changer Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling and how they were affected as a result of the allegations.
In May 2022, after learning of Defendants’ social media posts and the untrue statements contained therein, GCW terminated its business relationship with Mr. Torre upon an abrupt notice, without any investigation into Defendants’ statements. Mr. Torre was asked to quit his scheduled events with GCW, and was then informed that GCW would stop enlisting him for events indefinitely.
Specifically, when NJPW contracted with Mr. Torre in April 2022, NJPW expressed the interest of booking Mr. Torre for events in Japan and having Mr. Torre work in Japan as soon as possible. After Defendants posted their defamatory statements, NJPW told Mr. Torre to wait until further notice. Given that Mr. Torre’s contract with NJPW was to be paid per appearance in events, losing the opportunities to participate in future NJPW events caused Mr. Torre’s contract with NJPW to become essentially a valueless deal.
Furthermore, many companies quickly removed media content featuring Mr. Torre as a result of Defendants’ defamatory social media posts about him. For example, Beyond Wrestling, a Massachusetts-based professional wrestling promotion, removed videos featuring Mr. Torre from its YouTube channel following Defendants’ defamation campaign.
The document also states that Torre "hereby requests a jury trial for all issues triable by jury including, but not limited to, those issues and claims set forth in any amended complaint or consolidated action.". As a result of this case, Torre is seeking the following:
a. Judgment on the claim set forth above;
b. An award of compensatory damages according to proof at trial, as well as
punitive and exemplary damages where authorized;
c. An order enjoining Defendants and those in active concert with
Defendants from disseminating or publishing any further defamatory
statements concerning Mr. Torre;
d. An order directing Defendants to retract their defamatory statements from any non-party who they have contacted regarding the matters alleged in this complaint;
e. An order directing Defendants to undertake such remedial efforts as the Court deems necessary to restore Mr. Torre’s reputation;
f. Prejudgment and post-judgment interest at the applicable rate;
g. An award for reasonable attorney’s fees, costs and disbursements, where applicable;
h. Such other and further relief the Court deems proper and just.
The case was filed back on Friday, July 22, 2022 in District Court Of New Jersey.
To see a full summary on the allegations brought forth against Torre, click here.
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