Vince McMahon resigns from WWE mum or dad firm after ex-employee recordsdata intercourse abuse lawsuit

Wrestling icon Vince McMahon resigned Friday from WWE’s mum or dad firm t he day after a former worker filed a federal lawsuit accusing him and one other former government of great sexual misconduct, together with providing her to a star wrestler for intercourse.

McMahon stepped down from the his place as government chairman of the board of administrators at WWE’s mum or dad firm, TKO Group Holdings, in line with an announcement launched late Friday. He continued to disclaim wrongdoing following the lawsuit filed by Janel Grant, who labored within the firm’s authorized and expertise departments.

The swimsuit consists of allegations that McMahon, now 78, compelled Grant right into a sexual relationship to ensure that her to get and preserve a job and handed round pornographic photos and movies of her to different males, together with different WWE workers.

The AP usually doesn’t identify accusers in sexual assault instances, however Grant’s representatives mentioned she wished to go public. Her lawyer declined to remark Friday.

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WWE kingpin Vince McMahon sued for sexual assault, trafficking

Vince McMahon, founding father of the WWE professional wrestling empire, has been accused of sexual assault and trafficking by a former worker. In a graphic lawsuit, Janel Grant alleges McMahon directed her to have intercourse with males to safe profitable offers and sexually assaulted her within the WWE workplace throughout work hours.

McMahon’s assertion mentioned that he was leaving the board “out of respect” for WWE and TKO Group.

“I stand by my prior assertion that Ms. Grant’s lawsuit is replete with lies, obscene made-up cases that by no means occurred, and is a vindictive distortion of the reality,” he mentioned within the assertion. “I intend to vigorously defend myself towards these baseless accusations, and sit up for clearing my identify.”

McMahon stepped down as WWE’s CEO in 2022 amid an investigation into allegations that match these within the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court docket in Connecticut, the place WWE is predicated.

McMahon was the chief and most recognizable face at WWE for many years. When he bought what was then the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1982, wrestling matches occurred at small venues and appeared on native cable channels. WWE matches at the moment are held in skilled sports activities stadiums, and the group has a large abroad following.

WWE merged final April with the corporate that runs Final Preventing Championship to create the $21.4 billion US sports activities leisure firm TKO Group Holdings, and McMahon served as that group’s government chairman of the board till Friday.

TKO Group’s consultant referred media inquiries about McMahon’s resignation to his assertion. Deadline first reported that he was stepping down.

“Mr. McMahon doesn’t management TKO nor does he oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE,” TKO Group mentioned earlier this week. “Whereas this matter pre-dates our TKO government staff’s tenure on the firm, we take Ms. Grant’s horrific allegations very significantly and are addressing this matter internally.”

Grant additionally names as defendants within the lawsuit the WWE and John Laurinaitis, an ex-pro wrestler and the corporate’s former head of expertise relations and normal supervisor. WWE and Laurinaitis didn’t return requests for remark Friday.

In line with the lawsuit, McMahon lived in the identical constructing as Grant and in 2019 provided to get her a job at WWE after her mother and father died.

She alleges that he ultimately made it clear that one of many necessities of the job was a bodily relationship with him and later with Laurinaitis and others.

Over the following few years, McMahon lavished her with items together with a luxurious automotive, the swimsuit says.

‘Sexual commodity’

It additionally alleges that McMahon provided one among his star wrestlers — an individual not named within the lawsuit — intercourse with Grant as a perk in 2021.

“WWE benefited financially from the business intercourse act enterprise orchestrated by McMahon, together with by having wrestling expertise, equivalent to WWE Celebrity, signal new contracts with WWE after McMahon offered Plaintiff as a sexual commodity for his or her use,” the lawsuit states.

Grant is looking for unspecified financial damages and to have the courtroom void a $3 million nondisclosure settlement, of which she alleges she obtained solely $1 million.

“Ms. Grant hopes that her lawsuit will stop different girls from being victimized,” her lawyer, Ann Callis, mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “The group is properly conscious of Mr. McMahon’s historical past of wicked conduct, and it is time that they take duty for the misconduct of its management.”

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