Vince McMahon is facing serious sexual assault and sex traffic allegations and WWE has made clear what it expects of its talent as the situation explodes.
Trigger Warning – This article contains descriptions of serious sexual assault.
Vince McMahon was forced to retire from WWE in July 2022 after it emerged he had paid “hush money” to a former WWE employee he was involved in a sexual relationship with. After the initial publicity surrounding the situation faded away, McMahon used his position as majority shareholder of WWE to force his way back into power as Executive Chairman.
The takeover of WWE by Endeavor was completed in September 2023 with McMahon being made Executive Chairman of the newly-formed TKO Group. Many thought the takeover would solidify McMahon’s grip on WWE but in reality, he has been sidelined in terms of power with Khan running the business and Levesque running the wrestling operations.
Now Vince McMahon is facing another fight as the former employee at the heart of the “hush money” allegations has launched a lawsuit against McMahon detailing serious alleged sexual assault and sex trafficking.
The lawsuit brought by Janel Grant describes an alleged sexual assault during the workday:
In the middle of another workday, on June 23, 2021, McMahon locked Grant inside his private locker room at WWE’s offices and forced himself on her over a massage table, the suit said. Later that day, McMahon’s personal assistant delivered $15,000 in Bloomingdale’s gift cards to Grant in her office.
John Laurinaitis is named in the suit with Brock Lesnar also implicated causing WWE’s plans for the star to potentially change.
Many more individual and horrifying allegations are made against Vince McMahon in the full lawsuit, many too horrifying to report here.
WWE Tells Stars To Keep Quiet Over Vince McMahon Scandal
Dave Meltzer, writing in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported, however, that WWE talent have been told to keep quiet and focus on the upcoming Royal Rumble:
The WWE did not respond to questions regarding the suit. WWE talent was told to lay low and not talk about anything other than the Royal Rumble or storyline related things.
TKO has given its response to the allegations made against Vince McMahon as he faces perhaps the biggest fight of his life to keep his reputation and perhaps his job intact. A spokesperson for Vince McMahon has vowed he will fight the lawsuit that he says is “replete with lies.”