The Vince McMahon scandal continues.
On January 25th a lawsuit was brought against Vince McMahon alleging sex trafficking and sexual assault by former WWE employee Janel Grant. These claims led McMahon to leave his position on the TKO Group Board of Directors, although he denies any wrongdoing.
It’s now been reported by the Wall Street Journal — which has been at the forefront of the multiple investigations into McMahon in recent years — that he is being investigated by federal authorities. People close to the investigation noted that prosecutors in New York have been in touch with women who have accused McMahon of sexual assault.
Back in the summer of 2023, Vince McMahon was served with a grand jury subpoena for “documents related to any allegation of “rape, sex trafficking, sexual assault, commercial sex transaction, harassment or discrimination” against current or former WWE employees.”
Janel Grant and at least four of the women named in the grand jury subpoena had entered into settlement agreements with McMahon over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Wall Street Journal explains:
“The other women named in the grand jury subpoena include a WWE contractor whom McMahon allegedly sent unsolicited nude photos and sexually harassed; a former WWE wrestler who said McMahon coerced her into giving him oral sex; former WWE referee Rita Chatterton, who publicly accused McMahon of raping her; a spa manager who said McMahon assaulted her at a Southern California resort; and a former WWE employee who alleged the head of talent relations at the company at the time, John Laurinaitis, demoted her after she broke off an affair with him.”
McMahon reached a settlement with Chatterton in late 2022.
John Laurinaitis’ Lawyer Claims He Was A Victim Of Vince McMahon
The news comes after a lawyer representing John Laurinaitis claimed he was also a victim of Vince McMahon. Edward Brennan stated that Laurinaitis denies the accusations leveled against him, adding that he’s a “victim and not a predator.”
In the suit filed by Grant, several allegations were made against ‘Johnny Ace’ including claims that he sexually assaulted her along with McMahon, and McMahon forced her to create explicit material for the former Head of Talent Relations.
Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar has been pulled from a WWE video game after he was also implicated in the scandal.