Celebrity actor Dwayne Johnson is facing a legal battle after being accused of a crime.
Dwayne Johnson, who started his full-length movie at Universal Pictures’ Return of the mummy (2001) and subsequent branch scorpion king (2002) After a successful career as a professional wrestler in WWE, he became a household name.
As one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, The Rock has starred in countless movies including movies like creed iron gang (2006), be clever (2008), and fast and angryfranchise business, game plan (2007), Race to Witch Mountain (2009), San Andreas (2015), Watching the Gulf(2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle (2017), Central Intelligence (2016), frenzy (2018), and most recently Disney jungle trip (2021) and Netflix’s red notice (2021).
However, he appears to be facing a legal battle over the acquisition of the XFL from former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
mentioned for the first time before PWIInsiderA lawsuit filed by David Adrian Smith in the names of Vince McMahon, WWE, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Danny Garcia, ESPN, Dick Ebersole, WWE Chief Financial Officer Frank Riddick, Carol Riddick, and others. Filed July 20 in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging that “confidential trade secrets have been passed on and used by those named in the suit, he is seeking damages and court costs.”
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Smith claims that in his first email to Carol, he said “feel free to share it with Mr. Riddick, but you will keep it under your hats until we have a chance to discuss how to proceed or it’s not worth it.” Smith goes on to say he received back and forth emails with Carol Riddick where she asked “several rounds of questions,” and Smith provided answers and “further analysis of the opportunity including more trade secret information.”
Smith then stated that the correspondence was discontinued after he received no responses from Frank Riddick or Vince McMahon “with notes on Defendant No. 1 [World Wrestling Entertainment] I learned from their previous failed project.” Smith alleges that the Riddicks family disclosed the information and trade secrets, then claims the information was brought to Vince McMahon and then shared with former NBC CEO Dick Ebersole, his son Charlie, and ESPN, and that information will be used in Producing 30 of 30 ESPN documentaries that was XFL.
Smith also claims that when WWE sold the rights to the original XFL to Alpha Entertainment, it was because McMahon and Riddick shared and knew Smith’s trade secrets, and states that Ebersol fired the AAF in part because of the knowledge. When Alpha Entreatment filed for bankruptcy and the XFL was purchased by Dwayne Johnson, Dani Garcia, and the remaining owners of the XFL, Smith alleges that these trade secrets were also disclosed to the new ownership without his permission.
The US Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which became effective January 1, 1997, makes theft or misappropriation of trade secrets a federal crime.
The lawsuit does not seek criminal charges But she has a list that asks for the following:
- Acknowledgment of the unlawfulness of the alleged actions of the accused
- A court order prohibiting any actual or threatening misappropriation of his trade secrets
- Judicial order to prevent defendants from engaging in illegal activities
- A court order requiring that future use of his trade secrets lead to royalty payments
- Judgment for compensation for the unjust enrichment of the defendants for using his trade secrets
- Compensation for damages for misappropriation of his trade secrets (Figures are estimated at more than $15 million)
- Court costs
- The interest rate before and after the inflation-adjusted ruling
- Anything else the court deems appropriate
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