April 2, 2005
Neidhart free from suit's hold
By KEVIN MARTIN - Calgary Sun

Allegations of jewelry theft against wrestling legend Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart and his wife have been dropped. And Neidhart hopes wrestling websites that picked up on the original story, which broke in the Sun, and spread it around the world, will now clear his name.

"The lawsuit is dropped completely," Neidhart told the Sun yesterday.

Court records confirm the action, launched by The Bolt Supply House Ltd. owner John McCann, has been discontinued against both Neidhart and his wife Ellie.

Neidhart said the entire case was a simple mistake.

"It's just a misunderstanding between some good friends," he said.

Earlier, the former member of the "Hart Foundation" tag team with brother-in-law Bret "the Hitman" Hart, said wrestling websites had spread the allegations worldwide.

"Wrestling1.com can tell all those wrestling fans that I'm not the Pink Panther, a thief and a liar," Neidhart said.

Neidhart said the problem began when he, Ellie (daughter of grappling icon Stu Hart) and McCann's wife Carmine pooled some jewelry to get money to buy a car engine.

When they later couldn't raise enough cash to get the jewelry back from a pawn shop, they went to McCann for help, Neidhart said.

But in January, McCann filed a lawsuit claiming the jewelry was his, had been taken without his consent and he had to repurchase it at a cost of nearly $10,000.

Lawyer Christopher Leveque, who filed a defence on behalf of Ellie Neidhart, said both sides came to a consensus the action should be dropped.

"It's just been mutually agreed that the case will not proceed further," Leveque said.

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