Vince McMahon, embroiled in serious accusations of sex trafficking and sexual misconduct, has decided to step down from all executive responsibilities with WWE and its parent company, TKO. This news arrived to the public via an insider who communicated with Fox News Digital last Friday.
“My initial statement on Ms. Grant’s lawsuit stands as it did – it is a pile of falsehoods wrapped in distortions of reality, steeped in fictional, indecent incidents that never took place,” McMahon articulated in a statement. “I am resolute in defending myself against these groundless claims and with time, my innocence will prevail.”
Regardless of the pending charges, McMahon remarked, “In consideration of the WWE Universe, the remarkable TKO brand, their board members, affiliates, shareholders and the diverse group of diligent superstars and employees, who steered WWE to its global prominence, I have opted to vacate my role as the executive chairman and part of the board of directors of TKO, this change is effective immediately.”
The legal action against McMahon was initiated in Connecticut this past Thursday by Janel Grant. According to her 67-page legal dossier, Grant asserts that she was enticed to join the company with the lure of an exceptional career path, only to suffer sexual exploitation by McMahon and individuals he associates with between 2019 and 2022.
The lawsuit outlines that an agreement of non-disclosure (NDA) was signed by Grant in 2022, in which McMahon consented to pay a sum of $3 million provided she did not divulge details of their relationship or defame him. Despite this, her lawsuit contends continued harassment. The lawsuit aims to nullify the NDA under the Speak Out Act, with additional compensatory damages and other relief as deemed just by the court being sought.
Upon her recruitment into WWE in June of 2019, just a few months after the death of both of her parents and spurred by her building’s manager reaching out to McMahon on her behalf, Grant says her introductory meeting with McMahon started a distressing journey of three years. Among a host of allegations, it’s claimed that McMahon behaved in a degrading manner and used inappropriate objects that caused her physical harm during a sexual encounter, the claim states.
Further elaborated in the lawsuit is a claim that McMahon confided in Grant in January 2022 about his spouse, Linda McMahon, uncovering their secret relationship, subsequent to which she was allegedly coerced into signing the NDA.
The legal documents depict a tragic picture of Grant’s present life, describing how her existence is now consumed by incapacitating anxiety and depression, triggered by fear and post-traumatic stress disorder, to the extent that she cannot muster the courage to leave her home for extended periods.
“This lawsuit is nothing more than a tapestry of lies, fabrications of obscene incidents that simply never took place, a false and malicious depiction of reality,” is the response from McMahon’s spokesperson when discussing the issue with Fox News Digital. “He remains undeterred and will stoutly defend his character in the face of these allegations.”
Vince McMahon, a stalwart in the wrestling industry, became the owner of WWE, previously known as the World Wrestling Federation, back in 1982. His bold vision and relentless efforts helped WWE become the global phenomenon it stands as today.
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