Prominent WWE figurehead, Vince McMahon, finds himself in hot waters as an ex-employee launches a serious accusation against him, alleging involvement in sex trafficking. The complainant, Janel Grant, had reportedly accepted a whopping $3 million settlement in 2022 under a non-disclosure agreement. However, a fresh lawsuit filed by Grant purports that McMahon ceased payments after the first instalment of $1 million causing her to seek invalidation of the said agreement.
In the lawsuit dossier accessed by DailyMail.com, lurid claims have surfaced, accusing McMahon of causing physical harm through the use of sexually themed objects named after his wrestlers. Grant further contends that she was forcibly confined in a secluded room at the WWE’s headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, where she was subjected to serial sexual abuse by McMahon and a fellow WWE executive during office hours.
Adding onto the grave accusations, McMahon allegedly shared explicit images of Grant and facilitated her sexual trafficking. The noticeable silence from WWE’s quarters, and its prior acknowledgement of McMahon’s liaison with Grant as voluntary, underlines the severity of the accusations. As the damages sought in the lawsuit remain undisclosed, the predicaments of this case remain at large.
Attorney Ann Callis, representing Grant, has declared their intention to bring under scrutiny two top WWE executives allegedly involved in sexually assaulting and trafficking Grant, further implicating the organization for its ignorance or possible condonement of these injustices. ‘The ultimate aim of this lawsuit is to discourage such disgraceful acts from being inflicted upon other vulnerable women in the future’, stated Callis.
The filing bolsters its case by revealing a broader, larger issue at play, painting McMahon as part of a systematic problem within WWE itself. They argue that the company knew of McMahon’s alleged acts and failed to act. The suit comes at a moment of transition for McMahon, who has been dialing back his role within the organization.
Interestingly, former wrestling superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has just been appointed to the board of directors at TKO, the umbrella company formed due to the recent merger between UFC and WWE. Concurrently, another wrestling luminary, Triple H, identified as Paul Levesque, is stepping into McMahon’s shoes as the WWE’s chief content officer.
The ensemble of accusations against McMahon first surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report, motivating the WWE board to initiate an internal investigation. This probe eventually revealed staggering sums, appearing to be payments to the tune of $14.6 million, reported to have been disbursed to various women by the executive in question.
The plaintiff claimed she was promised professional growth and exploited subsequently, being trafficked to other executives within the organization. Alleged electronic correspondences have surfaced suggesting McMahon engaged in sharing explicit images of Grant, accompanied by inappropriate comments.
The lawsuit proceeds to name WWE executive and retired wrestler John Laurinaitis, with claims suggesting he was party to daily sexual rendezvous with Grant, as per McMahon’s directions. The lawsuit documents Grant’s reflections of her interactions with Laurinaitis, indicating experiences of self-deprecation and guilt.
Furthermore, the legal papers provide an explicit recounting of a disturbing incident involving McMahon and another person. It is alleged that McMahon commanded Grant to continue satisfying him despite his highly objectionable behavior during the episode.
In the midst of these accusations, McMahon has legally been implicated, with federal authorities investigating the alleged payments he has made. Yet, no charges have been made as part of the ongoing case. McMahon, opting to maintain his innocence, expressed his belief that the governmental investigation will produce no incriminating evidence.
Given the timeline detailed in the filing, Grant had been employed at WWE during a particularly challenging period in her life, having lost her parents and dealing with financial struggles. Initially, McMahon appeared to provide solace, but gradually the professional boundary seemed to blur, as Grant alleges she was pushed towards a clandestine affair which she was told to keep quiet about.
Following her departure from the company in early 2022, Grant was reported to have received the initial $1 million from the agreed $3 million settlement. Grant alleges that she was pressed into performing a final sexual act for McMahon, marking an unfortunate end to their concerning transactions. Yet another instance of the disturbing experiences she has claimed to endure, leaving a lasting imprint.