Ric Flair is being sued by his former agent for defamation.
Last week, Flair posted a video on his YouTube channel claiming that Legacy Talent and Entertainment owner Melinda Zanoni embezzled money from him. Flair also claimed that Zanoni allowed his trademarks to expire and WWE picked them up for him. Flair also noted that he had proof to back up his claims and that he would be aggressively pursuing legal action with his new attorney. He claimed that Zanoni left a threatening voicemail for his wife and he promised to get her disbarred. Flair noted that Zanoni represented him for 10 years and they were friends for two decades.
Legacy Talent issued the following statement in response:
“Today we have taken the first step and filed a Civil Lawsuit against Richard M. Fliehr a/k/a as Ric Flair and certain unnamed (for now) defendants for defamation per se and look forward to proving the falsity of every wrongful allegation contained in his video that was posted on YouTube on June 3, 2019. Ric Flair having taken down the video is not enough.
We will vigorously use the court system to protect our good names and reputations, and obtain damages due to Ric Flair’s defamatory comments contained in the video. We intend to amend the lawsuit to include all involved parties and hold all involved accountable.
We completely stand behind our client’s well known reputation for truthfulness, professionalism, honor, and integrity.”
Flair also claimed that Zanoni never went to see him when he was dealing with his life-threatening health issues. Flair and Legacy parted ways in 2017 and he later sued them with the claim that Legacy embezzled $46,000 in royalties earned from his ESPN 30 for 30 documentary and a local endorsement deal.
Flair’s YouTube video was later deleted.