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Allegations of Abuse and Misconduct Rock WWE: Former Employee Speaks Out

Wrestling Giant WWE Faces Scandal: Former Employee Accuses Founder of Misconduct

By Durga ChikhPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
Allegations of Abuse and Misconduct Rock WWE: Former Employee Speaks Out
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In a shocking turn of events, a former employee of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has filed a lawsuit against the company, its founder Vince McMahon, and a former WWE executive. Janel Grant, the plaintiff, alleges that she was a victim of physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault, and trafficking during her time at WWE.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, claims that Grant faced a harrowing situation where she felt trapped between her career aspirations and inappropriate advances. According to her attorney, Ann Callis, the lawsuit aims to hold accountable the executives involved in the alleged misconduct and the organization that either facilitated or turned a blind eye to the abuse.

Vince McMahon, the iconic founder of WWE, vehemently denies the allegations, calling the lawsuit "replete with lies" and a "vindictive distortion of the truth." The spokesperson for WWE's parent company, TKO Group Holdings, clarified that McMahon does not oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE. However, they expressed a commitment to taking the allegations seriously and addressing the matter internally.

The lawsuit brings forward accusations of sex trafficking, civil battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. Grant claims that she met McMahon in 2019, while he was the company's chief executive, and was subjected to increasingly inappropriate behavior. The lawsuit alleges that McMahon pushed Grant for a physical relationship in exchange for promised employment at WWE, creating an impossible situation for her.

Grant eventually entered into a physical relationship with McMahon, leading to her employment at WWE. The lawsuit contends that McMahon began sharing explicit material of Grant with unnamed individuals both inside and outside the wrestling company. This alleged coercion was fueled by McMahon's position as CEO, and others, including John Laurinaitis, were reportedly involved in sexual relations with Grant, sometimes during working hours at WWE headquarters.

The lawsuit paints a distressing picture of sexual assault inside Laurinaitis' office, with Grant pleading for it to stop while colleagues remained unaware at their desks. Grant claims that others at WWE were aware of the situation but actively sought to conceal the wrongdoing.

In a significant development, Grant asserts that she lost her job at WWE in January 2022 after McMahon claimed his wife had discovered their relationship. Under immense pressure, Grant allegedly signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) in exchange for payments, which McMahon later stopped making. The lawsuit seeks to void the NDA and claims compensatory and punitive damages.

Disturbingly, the lawsuit alleges that even after leaving WWE, McMahon attempted to traffic Grant to an unnamed WWE star in March 2022. The abuse described in the lawsuit has left Grant physically and mentally crippled, suffering from debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

WWE, facing media reports of McMahon's involvement in a hush money payment scandal, announced a special committee of its board of directors to investigate the alleged misconduct. However, the lawsuit claims that Grant was never interviewed or asked for documents, despite her willingness to cooperate.

In a startling lawsuit, a former WWE employee alleges abuse, assault, and trafficking by Vince McMahon and a former executive. McMahon denies the claims, while the lawsuit details a disturbing pattern of coercion and exploitation. The wrestling world is left in shock as the legal battle unfolds.

The lawsuit concludes by asserting that Grant was groomed and coerced by McMahon and Laurinaitis, with WWE facilitating efforts to keep her employed to ensure McMahon's continued exploitation. This shocking revelation follows McMahon's temporary resignation as CEO in 2022 after an investigation found that he had paid nearly $15 million to four women over 16 years to settle claims of sexual misconduct. Despite stepping down, McMahon retained control over WWE as a majority shareholder.

These allegations cast a dark shadow over the world of professional wrestling and bring attention to the broader issue of workplace harassment. As this legal battle unfolds, the wrestling community awaits further developments and hopes for justice to prevail.

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