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Vince McMahon Pays Millions To Settle Sexual Assault Claim

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WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon has paid millions of dollars in a settlement after being accused of rape by a former company employee.

Rita Chatterton who previously worked for WWE as a referee has long accused Vince McMahon of raping her in the back of a limousine in 1986. Her demands for compensation – along with demands from another unnamed alleged victim of McMahon’s – came to light in November 2022, months after McMahon had retired from WWE after it was uncovered that he had paid millions of dollars to other female ex-employees of the company who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

The Wall Street Journal – who originally reported the accusations that led to McMahon’s retirement in 2022 – has now revealed that Vince McMahon has agreed and paid a settlement to Rita Chatterton.

Chatterton had originally been seeking $11.75 million from McMahon but is believed to have settled for a “lesser amount in the millions of dollars.” The settlement provides Chatterton with a lump sum with the remainder to be paid in installments.

Jerry McDevitt, McMahon’s long-time lawyer is quoted as saying that “Mr. McMahon denies and always has denied raping Ms. Chatterton. And he settled the case solely to avoid the cost of litigation.”

There is no word as to whether or not Vince McMahon has settled the other allegation against him where a spa manager accused him of sexual assault at a California resort in 2011.

In the first week of 2023, Vince McMahon strong-armed his way back onto WWE’s Board of Directors despite an earlier unanimous vote from the Board to stop his return. He has since been installed as the Executive Chairman with those in the company feeling that the “countdown is on” until he resumes full control.