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WWE’s Vince McMahon accused of sexual assault, trafficking by ex-staffer

Jan 25

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In a complaint filed in a federal court in Connecticut on Thursday, Jan. 25, former WWE CEO Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, the former head of talent relations at WWE, were implicated in sex trafficking allegations by a former employee. Janel Grant, the complainant, alleges crimes of rape committed by McMahon and Laurinaitis.

In one instance, Grant provides graphic details, describing a sexual assault on a company conference table, where the perpetrators allegedly insisted, “No means yes.”

Grant further accused both men of using company funds to exploit her as a “sexual pawn” to secure talent deals and recruit wrestlers.

According to Grant, McMahon enticed her with the promise of a job at WWE after their meeting in 2019.

During her tenure at WWE, the lawsuit alleges that McMahon showered Grant with gifts, made promises of promotions that never materialized, and threatened her career and livelihood.

Grant claims that McMahon distributed explicit material to “thousands” of individuals that depicted her engaging in sexual acts with other WWE employees as part of his alleged demands.

The suit, filed by Grant, asserts that she came forward after McMahon failed to fulfill a $3 million payment as part of a non-disclosure agreement in 2022. The filings allege that McMahon refused payment and accused Grant of leaking information to the press.

“Today’s complaint seeks to hold accountable two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janel Grant, as well as the organization that facilitated or turned a blind eye to her abuse and then swept it under the rug,” Ann Callis, Grant’s legal representation, said in a statement on Thursday.

The complaint lists various charges Grant’s legal team is seeking, including a violation of the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act, civil battery, and intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other charges.

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[JACK AYLMER]

AS W-W-E ANNOUNCES A MAJOR DEAL WITH NETFLIX–

SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S FORMER BOSSES FACE SERIOUS LEGAL ALLEGATIONS OF SEX TRAFFICKING BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE.

FORMER W-W-E CEO VINCE MCMAHON AND JOHN LAURINITIS, THE FORMER HEAD OF W-W-E TALENT RELATIONS ARE NAMED IN THE COMPLAINT.

IN COURT DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS–

JANEL GRANT RELATES THE ACCUSATIONS IN GRAPHIC DETAIL.

GRANT CLAIMS MCMAHON HAD SEX TOYS HE NAMED AFTER W-W-E EMPLOYEES, WRESTLERS AND PERFORMERS, THAT HE USED ON GRANT TO SEXUALLY GROOM HER FOR PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS.

LAURINITIS AND MCMAHON ARE ALSO ALLEGED TO HAVE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER IN A COMPANY CONFERENCE ROOM AND STAND ACCUSED OF USING COMPANY MONEY TO USE GRANT AS A “SEXUAL PAWN” TO SECURE TALENT DEALS AND RECRUIT WRESTLERS.

SHE ALSO SAYS MCMAHON ENTICED HER WITH THE PROSPECTS OF PROVIDING HER A JOB AT W-W-E– AFTER THEY MET IN 20-19.

THE SUIT GOES ONTO CLAIM GRANT CAME FORWARD AFTER SHE SAID MCMAHON FAILED TO PAY HER THREE-MILLION DOLLARS AS PART OF A NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT IN 2022.

MCMAHON REPORTEDLY ACCUSED GRANT OF LEAKING INFORMATION TO THE PRESS.

ANN CALLIS, WHO IS REPRESENTING GRANT, SAID IN A STATEMENT:

“TODAY’S COMPLAINT SEEKS TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE TWO W-W-E EXECUTIVES WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND TRAFFICKED PLAINTIFF JANEL GRANT, AS WELL AS THE ORGANIZATION THAT FACILITATED OR TURNED A BLIND EYE TO HER ABUSE AND THEN SWEPT IT UNDER THE RUG.”

THE COMPLAINT LISTS VARIOUS CHARGES GRANT’S TEAM IS SEEKING–

INCLUDING A VIOLATION OF THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS’ PREVENTION ACT, CIVIL BATTERY AND INTENTIONAL OR NEGLIGENT INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.