Updated 1/25 6:00pm
vince mcmahon has denied allegations of sexual harassment, trafficking and abuse named in his former WWE employee’s lawsuit.
“This lawsuit is full of lies, obscene fabrications about events that never happened, and a vindictive distortion of the truth. He will defend himself vigorously,” says a spokesman for the 78-year-old McMahon. us weekly in a statement.
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wwe boss vince mcmahon Being sued for alleged sexual harassment, trafficking and abuse, us weekly Can confirm.
McMahon, 78, was named in a lawsuit filed Thursday, Jan. 25, in which a former WWE employee claims she was the victim of “physical and emotional abuse, sexual harassment and trafficking” during her employment, obtained by the court. According to the documents. We,
Plaintiff Janelle Grant alleged that McMahon displayed an “increasing lack of boundaries” after meeting in 2019. “During several meetings that were apparently about a potential job in WWE, he greeted her in her underwear, touched her, repeatedly asked for hugs, and spent hours sharing details about her personal life. Intimate details,” Grant claimed, according to court documents.
According to Grant, McMahon pressured her into a physical relationship in exchange for a job in WWE. She reportedly feared “negative consequences” if she rejected him and thus “[succumbed] For pressure.”
During Grant’s employment, McMahon allegedly shared sexually explicit photos of her with other men within WWE and she made “increasingly promiscuous sexual demands”. She was reportedly forced to have sex with other employees during work hours at company headquarters, including the WWE General Manager John LaurinaitisWhose name is also in the lawsuit along with the entire corporation.
The documents also claim, “McMahon also subjected Ms. Grant to acts of extreme cruelty and humiliation, causing Ms. Grant to dissociate and/or numb reality to avoid frightening encounters.” In the middle of a threesome.
McMahon, 61, and Laurinaitis have also been accused of sexually assaulting Grant, even after Grant pleaded with them to stop. She also claimed that WWE knew about “wrongdoing” and attempted to conceal it, with McMahon attempting to silence her with a non-disclosure agreement. McMahon also reportedly “attempted to send her to a WWE star.”
“The defendants’ violent conduct has left Ms. Grant physically and mentally disabled, including debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation,” the court filing reads. “These symptoms resulted in her being fired from her job running the operations of her building due to her inability to leave the house for several weeks in a row.”
Grant is demanding a jury trial. Neither McMahon, Laurinaitis nor WWE have publicly addressed the claims. We Have been contacted for comment.
Grant’s attorney said, “Today’s complaint seeks to hold accountable the two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janelle Grant, as well as hold accountable the organization that facilitated or facilitated the abuse. But closed my eyes and then suppressed it.” ann calistells We in a statement. “He is an incredibly private and courageous man who has suffered deeply at the hands of Mr. McMahon and Mr. Laurinaitis. Ms Grant hopes her lawsuit will prevent other women from being victimised. The organization is well aware of Mr. McMahon’s history of corrupt conduct, and it is time for him to take responsibility for the misconduct of his leadership.”
WWE’s parent company, TKO, has claimed that they are addressing the situation “internally”.
“Mr. McMahon does not control TKO nor does he oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE,” a spokesperson for TKO explained. We United Nations A statement. “Although this matter predates our TKO executive team’s tenure at the company, we take Ms. Grant’s terrible allegations very seriously and are addressing this matter internally.”
McMahon was previously accused of misconduct in June 2022 when a former employer claimed the former pro wrestler paid him $3 million to conceal an alleged affair. McMahon, who denied the allegations at the time, voluntarily stepped down as WWE CEO and Chairman of the Board for the duration of the internal investigation.
Vince’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, took charge in his place. (Vince and wife Linda McMahon Share daughter Stephanie, 47, and son Shane, 54.)
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, get in touch National Sexual Harassment Hotline At 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).