The pressure on Vince McMahon continues to grow, as a further report now claims “hush money” was paid to four women in the sum of $12 million.
Vince McMahon has been under internal investigation by WWE since the initial allegations of misconduct were made against him, with Stephanie McMahon stepping in as interim CEO.
The new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that $12 million was paid to employees of WWE who were with the company over the course of 16 years, and that non-disclosure agreements were made as part of the deal.
In particular, the report claims that one wrestler was coerced by McMahon in to performing oral sex, with a payment eventually being made of $7.5 million.
The previously unreported settlements include a $7.5 million pact with a former wrestler who alleged that Mr. McMahon coerced her into giving him oral sex and then demoted her and, ultimately, declined to renew her contract in 2005 after she resisted further sexual encounters, according to people familiar with the matter. The wrestler and her attorney approached Mr. McMahon in 2018 and negotiated the payment in return for her silence, the people said.
A further allegation is made that a settlement took place after WWE was presented with unsolicited nudes the employee had received from Vince McMahon.
In another previously unreported deal, a WWE contractor presented the company with unsolicited nude photos of Mr. McMahon she reported receiving from him and alleged that he had sexually harassed her on the job, according to people familiar with the woman’s 2008 nondisclosure agreement. Mr. McMahon agreed to pay her roughly $1 million, these people said.
It is also alleged that a Vince McMahon attempted to initial a sexual relationship with a manager who had worked for him for a decade, before “paying her $1 million to keep quiet about it”.
There is also a further accusation against John Laurinaitis, who is seemingly being investigated over a “$1.5 million nondisclosure agreement reached in 2012 with an employee.”.