Embattled former WWE chief govt Vince McMahon is again within the information — and once more, for all of the unsuitable causes.
As we’ve been reporting, the 76-year-old professional wrestling visionary and enterprise govt stepped again from his govt position final month after a report within the Wall Avenue Journal alleged he had agreed to pay a secret $3 million settlement to a former worker with whom he’d had an affair. However the scandal is seemingly FOUR TIMES greater than anybody thought!
The WSJ is again once more this week with a damning new report that goes means deeper… and incorporates important accusations of sexual misconduct involving a number of different girls — together with a wrestler!
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On Friday morning, the NYC-based outlet reported that Vince paid greater than $12 million as “hush cash” to 4 complete girls with the intention to “cowl up allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity.” The cash was reportedly paid to the assorted girls at totally different occasions during the last 16 years — and consists of the $3 million cost beforehand uncovered.
Per the report, the ladies — all of whom have been “concerned” in numerous methods with the WWE, the outlet notes — signed binding contractual agreements to remain quiet:
“[The contracts] prohibit them from discussing potential authorized claims towards or their relationships with the 76-year-old govt.”
Even with the existence of these non-disclosure agreements, a number of the particulars that made their method to the WSJ are alarming, to say the least. Along with the already-documented $3 million cost handed out to the previous worker, there have been three different surprising new allegations.
In a single occasion, again in 2006, a former supervisor within the agency alleged McMahon “initiated a sexual relationship” together with her after she had spent greater than a decade on the firm. She was allegedly paid $1 million “for her silence” within the case. Then, in 2008, McMahon allegedly paid $1 million to a different WWE contract worker after she “introduced proof of unsolicited nude photographs of McMahon” in a sexual harassment dispute.
Most shockingly, McMahon apparently paid an ex-wrestler (!!!) $7.5 million again in 2018. Years earlier, she alleged, he had “coerced” her into performing oral intercourse on him. After that reported act, he allegedly demoted her, and later determined to not renew her contract with the wrestling firm again in 2005 after she “rejected additional encounters.” Wow…
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After the preliminary report got here out final month, McMahon stepped again from his govt position with the WWE. His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, changed him as interim CEO. Along with backing down whereas the corporate’s board continues to research, the elder McMahon launched a press release to the media in June which learn partially:
“I’ve pledged my full cooperation to the investigation by the Particular Committee, and I’ll do all the things attainable to help the investigation. I’ve additionally pledged to just accept the findings and consequence of the investigation, no matter they’re.”
FWIW, McMahon nonetheless retains inventive management of the WWE’s on-air product.
He’s additionally appeared at public occasions a number of occasions because the surprising allegations first hit final month, together with at a Smackdown occasion only a few days after the report was first printed.
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