WWE Comments On Vince McMahon Investigation
Following allegations that Vince McMahon paid $3 million to cover up an affair, WWE has released its first response.
An article from The Wall Street Journal has alleged that the WWE board is investigating Chairman Vince McMahon after a former employee was paid $3 million in return for signing a non-disclosure agreement.
Having been hired by WWE in 2019 as a paralegal, the employee involved in the allegation had their salary doubled from $100,000 to $200,000 after beginning an intimate relationship with the WWE Chairman, according to an anonymous email sent by one of their friends to the WWE board on 30th March 2022.
The email also reportedly comments that “my friend was so scared so she quit after Vince McMahon and lawyer Jerry paid her millions of dollars to shut up.” The Jerry mentioned is seemingly McMahon’s longtime legal counsel Jerry McDevitt.
Jerry McDevitt told the Journal that regarding payment to the now ex-employee “WWE did not pay any monies on her departure”, also adding that there had been no claims of harassment against Vince McMahon by the employee.
Brandon Thurston has now reported that an internal memo has been sent out to WWE staff regarding the issue, and is reportedly similar to the company’s direct response to The Wall Street Journal. The memo read as follows:
The Wall Street Journal has published a report about WWE with allegations that we and our Board of Directors take seriously.
We are cooperating fully with the independent investigation initiated by our Board of Directors.
The Journal also claims that other non-disclosure agreements have been unearthed as part of the process, running in to millions of dollars. The agreements are in relation to both Vince McMahon and WWE’s Head Of Talent Relations John Laurinitis, and were seemingly made to other female employees within the company.