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Joey Ryan Files Two Lawsuits Against Separate #SpeakingOut Accusers

September 29, 2020 | Posted by Blake Lovell
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UPDATE: Joey Ryan is taking his legal fight against the women who accused him during the #SpeakingOut movement of sexual misconduct to two fronts, as he’s filed a second lawsuit. PWInsider reports that Ryan filed a second lawsuit in addition to the initially reported one. The second lawsuit was filed against one named woman and ten Jane Does to be named and runs 38 pages. The site reports that it appears the Jane Does were added so that Ryan can add them to the lawsuit if he chooses to.

The lawsuit includes a fair amount of background material on Ryan and his career that is the same as the initial lawsuit filed on September 24th. It notes that the named woman made accusations about Ryan being sexually abusive to her and made reference to Ryan’s other alleged victims. The accusations are described as six different “defamatory statements” about him, claiming that the sixth statement is “intended to prevent Plaintiff from earning any income through wrestling and destroy the credibility” of the denial he made in his video. He claims that the sixth statement was intended to “reach out to any of Defendant’s Instagram followers and those interested in Plaintiff’s services that he was offering through, YouTube, Patreon and Cameo, etc., to not use those services.”

The suit alleges that the woman has defamed Ryan through her statements on Twitter, including that “(1) Plaintiff assaulted defendant; (2) Plaintiff committed a sexual battery on defendant; (3) Plaintiff committed (1) and (2) in a manner that would be considered a felony;(4) defendant engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without Defendant’s consent; and/or (5) defendant was forced by Plaintiff to engage in sexual acts with Plaintiff, forced meaning the use of fear, threat and intimidation.”

Ryan has requested damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress, for libel against him and for compensatory damages against each defendant. The amounts he is requesteing are “in excess of $25,000.00 for economic damages, $25,000 for non-economic damages, for an order retracting and correcting the defamatory statements, for equitable relief based on principles that are fair and just.” He is also asking for an injunction ordering to retract the statements and take them down from the websites where they were made and published. He has requested a jury trial like he did in the other one.

ORIGINAL: According to a filing obtained by HeelByNature.com, Joey Ryan has reportedly filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against three women who alleged during the #SpeakingOut movement that he sexually assaulted them.

HeelByNature reports that Ryan filed the lawsuit on Sept. 24 in the United States District and Central Court, with the filing claiming that the allegations against him were false and that it has resulted in damages to his reputation.

Joey Ryan claims that since the allegations went public against him, he’s lost upwards of $20,000 in monthly income from previous sources of revenue, which included bookings for live events, merchandise sales, and earnings from Patreon, Twitch, and Cameo.

Ryan’s filing includes specifics on losing at least 11,000 followers on his Twitter account while also not getting at least 1,000 regular followers per month as he was before the allegations. His loss of followers on Instagram is also mentioned with similar numbers.

He also included revenue loss in the amount of $1,500 per month from distribution and streaming services and $2,000 per month in event income pertaining to Bar Wrestling, in addition to thousands of dollars lost from the combined social media accounts. Additionally, Ryan says he’s lost $8,000 to $10,000 per month in performance bookings revenue.

Ryan is reportedly seeking resolution on the matter, which would include payment for both economic and non-economic damages. The filing claims he wants $200,00 in economic damages as to each of the defendants or the amount lost as a result of the defendant’s conduct multiplied by the months from June 21, 2020 to the date of the award of economic damages.

He is also seeking $5,000,000 as to each of the defendants in non-economic damages.

Ryan and his legal team have also filed for an injunction on the defendants from making and publishing the defamatory statements, in addition to ordering the defendants to retract the defamatory statements and delete the previous defamatory statements.

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