CM Punk cleared in defamation lawsuit filed by WWE physician
UPI News Service, 06/06/2018
Former WWE Superstar and current UFC welterweight CM Punk has won a defamation lawsuit that was filed by WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann.
Amann, who also named professional wrestler Colt Cabana, real name Scott Colton, in the lawsuit, was seeking damages in excess of $1 million after Punk, real name Phil Brooks, appeared on Cabana's The Art of Wrestling podcast and complained about the medical care he received while employed by WWE.
Punk, a former WWE Champion, had left the company in January 2014 following the Royal Rumble.
Punk then appeared on the podcast in November to describe why he left WWE and said that the company's medical staff failed to diagnose a staph infection, which had taken the form of a lump located on his posterior.
Amann said that he had never been shown a lump and claimed defamation and invasion of privacy based on the comments Punk made on the podcast.
The jury at the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago ruled in favor of Punk and Cabana on Tuesday.
Punk is scheduled to face Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, his hometown.
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