Vince McMahon is facing allegations of sex trafficking in a new lawsuit by a former WWE employee.
Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault
The Wall Street Journal has revealed details of the lawsuit, which was filed by former WWE employee Janel Grant. Grant lived in the same apartment building as McMahon and was introduced to him by a manager in the building in 2019.
At the time, Grant was looking for a job and McMahon promised her employment at WWE and began sending her gifts and allegedly pressured her into sexual activities in return for a job. She was eventually hired as an ‘Administrator-Coordinator’ in the Legal Department. While she felt the position was unearned, McMahon told her “it just has to look legit.”
The lawsuit claims that the following year, the TKO Executive Chairman began sharing explicit videos of Grant with other employees, executives, and stars as well as directing her to have sex with them. McMahon’s behaviour is described in graphic detail, with Grant claiming he forcibly used sex toys named after WWE wrestlers on her that caused bruising and bleeding. Additionally, McMahon has been accused of defecating on Grant’s head during a threesome.
Former Executive John Lauranaitis is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Grant was moved to the Talent Relations department overseen by Lauranaitis. He is accused of joining McMahon in forcing himself on Grant during this time. The two are said to have taken turns restraining her for the other, while saying “No means yes” and “Take it, b****.”
In 2021, Grant says McMahon ordered her to create a personalised sex tape for a star the company was trying to re-sign. After the unnamed star re-signed, McMahon sent a text to Grant telling her “part of the deal was f***ing U.”
Vince McMahon Had Janel Grant Sign NDA
In 2022, Janel Grant signed a non-disclosure agreement which saw Vince McMahon agree to pay her $3 million to stop her from discussing their relationship or disparaging him. However, WWE received an anonymous tip about the relationship and this led to the Board investigation into McMahon that uncovered payments to other women and McMahon’s short-lived retirement in 2022.
According to the lawsuit, McMahon has made no payments beyond an initial $1 million installment, The suit is to void the agreement and seek financial damages.