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Lawsuit Refiled Against Titus O’Neil and WWE By Camera Man Over Alleged Injury

April 23, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– The lawsuit against Titus O’Neil and WWE by a camera man who alleges he was injured by O’Neil has been refiled in Florida. PWInsider reports that the lawsuit, which was filed by Donald Anderson, was refiled against O’Neil (real name Thaddeus Bullard) in Florida. The suit had been originally filed in California, where Anderson lives, but O’Neil was successful in getting the case moved to Florida where he lives.

The suit is seeking $15,000 in damages, in addition to unspecified punitive damages, over Anderson’s allegation that O’Neil attacked him while filming Swerved. The segment in question was filmed in May of 2015 and featured Paige sticking O’Neil with a shock stick. The lawsuit alleges that O’Neil became enraged and kicked a video camera out of Anderson’s hand, resulting in injuries to the camera man’s hand, wrist and fingers. Anderson says he was injured to the point that he was unable to work for six months.

Anderson claims in the suit that Uranus Productions, who was the third-party production company for the segment, were told that WWE “would select their own representatives to organize, manage and direct the electric shock prank activity. Consequently, WWE undertook the job of selecting specific WWE personalities as targets, on which to use the electric shock device.” He says WWE put him in an unsafe working environment and had an obligation to protect him from being endangered by O’Neil.

The camera man says that he was told WWE that he wasn’t safe on the premises and that O’Neil would present an “ongoing threat” to him, as he “could not be controlled.” The suit claims that O’Neil “was known by WWE as possessing significant anger management issues.”

The lawsuit charges O’Neil and WWE for battery, assault, willful misconduct, negligence, gross negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. He said that he has faced “bodily injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish, extreme emotional distress, disfigurement, medical expenses, physical handicap, loss of income, loss of the capacity for enjoyment of life and loss of ability to earn money.”

The original lawsuit filed in California was for $1.2 million in damages and claimed Anderson had over $150,000 in medical bills. The Florida lawsuit doesn’t mention this claim. WWE was granted a motion requesting an extension to respond and has until April 27th to do so.

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