Only just a few days before he fights at UFC 225, CM Punk has been absolved in the defamation case against him. If found guilty, Punk would have had to pay over $1 million for damages. However, after deliberation, Punk was found not guilty and only has his fight with Mike Jackson on Saturday to focus on.
Brett Okamoto from ESPN first broke the news.
“Punk, whose birth name is Phil Brooks, and pro wrestler Colt Cabana, birth name Scott Colton, were both absolved in the case, which was filed by WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann in 2015.
The lawsuit accused Punk and Colton, also a former WWE performer, of defaming Amann during an episode of Colton’s “The Art of Wrestling” podcast, during which Punk complained about the lack of medical care he received while employed by the WWE. Punk left the WWE in 2014.
After a 2½-hour deliberation, a jury inside the Cook County Courthouse in downtown Chicago ruled in favor of Punk and Cabana, on charges of defamation and invasion of privacy. Amann had been seeking damages in excess of $1 million.”