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UPDATED: Matt Riddle’s Accuser, Lawyer Issue Statements on His Voluntary Dismissal Of Restraining Order, Civil Lawsuit Coming

September 17, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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UPDATED: Matt Riddle’s lawyer, Daniel Rose, has also issued a statement about the voluntary dismissal and added that Riddle will be filing a civil lawsuit against Candy Cartwright (real name Samantha Tavel).

He wrote: “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.

Original: We reported yesterday that Matt Riddle requested a voluntary dismissal of his restraining order against Candy Cartwright, who had accused him of sexual assault. She had said it happened in 2018 when they two were already involved in an affair. Riddle admitted to the affair but had denied the assault.

In a post on Twitter, Cartwright issued a statement on the announcement. She said: “I’m relieved that these claims were dismissed, but the damage to my reputation and career remains. I came forward to prevent this from happening to other women, and will continue to fight for justice. It’s not easy to see my name smeared on social media or wake up to hate messages and threats. But I am speaking up because I was inspired by the brave women who came before me. My hope is that other victims of sexual violence feel empowered to share the truth about their experiences as I have done and will continue to do. I would like to thank @TIMESUPLDF for helping me through these difficult months and helping me push back against these claims. I also want to thank everyone who supported me in this. I appreciate every single one of you.