Here is the latest on the lawsuit between Shannon ‘Daffney’ Spruill and TNA wrestling:
* Contrary to rumors, there are no charges of sexual harassment against Terry Taylor or anyone else in TNA mentioned in the lawsuit.
* The lawsuit is based around Spruill’s injuries at the Bound for Glory 2009 PPV. According to documents, the medical bills exceeded over $26,000. In the lawsuit, Spruill alleges that TNA made a $600 payment on the bill, and when Spruill received a letter requesting payment for the balance, she alleges Terry Taylor told her that the company would pay the remainder. TNA did not pay the balance, which led to Spruill receiving several more demands for payment. Spruill also claimed that one letter stated that TNA had declined to pay the balance, citing her as an “independent contractor.”
* The lawsuit further alleges that TNA’s Texas attorney (Texas is where their parent company is based) had advised the company to delay payment in an attempt to eventually settle the debt for a smaller amount. Spruill’s side claims to have proof of this via emails forwarded by Taylor to Spruill.
* The lawsuit alleges that TNA did eventually settle the claim in the amount of $8,000 but not before Spruill had to deal with being called by creditors and receiving additional material demanding payment for over a year,
* Spruill’s side had the attorney named as a witness in the case and will be having him provide a deposition in the case, currently scheduled for July 5th. The attorney attempted to fight this, as he wished to represent TNA in the case in TN, but the Judge ruled with Spruill’s side. The attorney argued that the emails used violated his attorney-client privileges with TNA, but the court ruled that those privileges ended when Terry Taylor forwarded the emails to Spruill.
* Initially, TNA alleges that the statue of limitations had expired by the time Spruill had filed her lawsuit. In their response, TNA claimed that they had not paid any of Spruill’s medical bills, although there were records of the aforementioned payments as well as another $9,556.00 payment made for medical treatment needed after Spruill was injured at an April 2010 Impact taping in Orlando, FL against Rosie Lottalove. TNA later withdrew the argument.
* Finally, Spruill’s side has filed a motion requesting TNA President Dixie Carter also be deposed in the case. TNA has argued that Carter doesn’t have the knowledge or information on Spruill’s injuries or TNA’s contracts with talent. On June 29th, it will be decided whether Carter will be deposed or not.