Michael Elgin (Aaron Frobel) filed a lawsuit on 2/9 against Molly Woodward aka Molly Chapman, who also goes by the names Moses Malone and Mo Algernon, in Circuit Court in Warren County, Missouri. That is the woman who started the ball rolling by claiming he covered up her being raped and then she released a number of text messages which led to companies not using him, including his messages negative to Jeff Cobb that caused him problems with many in the New Japan’s North American locker room. New Japan did end up signing him to a new deal. His lawyer, Steve Kratky, said that Elgin was the victim of “flat-out lies and misleading falsehoods.” What’s notable is that in lawsuits, the goal is to win money. In this case, there is no money he can reasonably expect to win. There are clear damages here in lost work that can be proven, but he’s not going to be able to get that replaced. The reality is the suit will end up costing him significantly more money than he can hope to recoup, so it’s very different from most lawsuits filed. In a suit like this, the key is having to prove the woman was acting with reckless disregard for the truth (essentially knowingly lying) and was acting with malice against him if Elgin is ruled as a public figure. The truth is always a 100 percent defense against slander or libel. Right now there are a number of promotions who want to book him but fear the backlash of doing so, and this past weekend, if anything, was a signal to other promotions to avoid the controversy. Kratky said Elgin’s only way to clear his name is through the judicial process. Given the long drawn-out nature of the legal system, this is not likely to lead to any conclusions for a very prolonged period of time.