WWE star Charlotte, daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee Ric Flair, was married to Riki Johnson for one year. Still, their relationship was so unhealthy that she ended up in handcuffs.
Born on April 5, 1986, in North Carolina, Ashley Fliehr achieved worldwide fame under her ring name, Charlotte Flair. The professional WWE wrestler, daughter of wrestling legend Ric Flair, was briefly married to Riki Johnson.
Unfortunately, their relationship raised many eyebrows, especially after she claimed he was abusive. Here's everything you should know about Johnson, his marriage to Charlotte, and why he filed a lawsuit against her, Ric, and the WWE.
Ric Flair and Charlotte, Riki Johnson's ex-wife, on March 24, 2016 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
RIKI JOHNSON'S RELATIONSHIP WITH CHARLOTTE
The details of Johnson and Charlotte's love story are scarce, but multiple sources note that they were married from 2010 to 2011. After their divorce, Johnson stayed out of the public eye.
Johnson made headlines again in September 2017 when Charlotte wrote about their relationship in her book "Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte," which she co-wrote with her famous father.
Charlotte, Riki Johnson's ex-wife, on June 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington | Source: Getty Images
Charlotte confessed that their marriage was volatile as she supposedly faced physical and emotional abuse. Charlotte, Ric, and Johnson got involved in an altercation in 2008 that ended with her being arrested. She was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.
Ric explained that Charlotte tried to break up a fight between him and Johnson in Chapel Hill, and when police arrived, "all hell broke loose." An officer asked Charlotte to put her hands behind her back, but she said, "don't touch me," a few times.
His lawsuit read that the assertions were "purposedly designed" to inflict emotional distress on Johnson.
The officer then used a taser to subdue her and arrested her. Charlotte detailed another physical altercation with Johnson in 2008, writing:
"I think about that girl now, and it brings tears to my eyes. How did I get there? Why was this going on? Why wasn't I strong enough, brave enough, to end this?"
In an interview with ESPN, Charlotte revealed that Riki Johnson was the hardest to write about in her book because she had never dealt with the situation. She felt ashamed and embarrassed and kept wondering why she let herself endure so much with him.
RIKI JOHNSON FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST HER
In 2018, Johnson filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against Charlotte, Ric, and the WWE, claiming that the book had multiple lies about their short-lived marriage.
Johnson pointed out that Charlotte falsely accused him of being physically and mentally abusive, fired from two jobs due to his drug issues, and sterile. His lawsuit read that the assertions were "purposedly designed" to inflict emotional distress on Johnson.
He added that his family, including his three children, were humiliated by the book and kept being ridiculed by those who believed in Charlotte's accusations.
Riki Johnson said Charlotte intentionally painted him as a villain to make herself look like a victim who got over domestic abuse and personal adversity.
As part of his defense, Johnson accused his ex-wife of making "racist comments" at police officers when she was arrested in 2008. The WWE later said they would "vigorously" defend themselves from Johnson's lawsuit.
CHARLOTTE MARRIED ANDRADE ALMAS
Ric Flair's daughter gave love other chances after divorcing Riki Johnson. She was married to professional wrestler and actor Tom Latimer from 2013 to 2015 and is now married to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Andrade Almas.
The couple got engaged in January 2020 and walked down the aisle on May 27, 2022, at Hacienda Mi Ranchito in Torreon, Mexico, Andrade's hometown. Charlotte said Andrade opened her eyes to travel, life, love, and a different culture. What a lovely couple!
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