- Ex-WWE employee Janel Grant sued Vince McMahon over sex-trafficking claims
- McMahon has denied the allegations against him and he has not been charged
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Federal investigators launched a probe into sex-trafficking claims against WWE co-founder Vince McMahon in 2022, The Wall Street Journal has revealed. Since then, New York prosecutors have reportedly been in contact with women who have made sexual-misconduct accusations against the 78-year-old billionaire.
The news comes one week after McMahon was accused of sex trafficking in a new lawsuit filed by a former employee, who claims the wrestling promoter defecated on her head during a threesome. He resigned from the company last week while denying the allegations. McMahon has not been charged in the case.
Janel Grant, who previously agreed to a $3 million settlement in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement in 2022, filed the Federal lawsuit against McMahon last week in Connecticut. In that filing, obtained by DailyMail.com, Grant claims McMahon stopped making payments after the initial $1 million installment, and she now seeks to void that agreement.
Furthermore, Grant claims she suffered bruising and bleeding after McMahon forcefully penetrated her with sex toys, which he named after his wrestlers. She also alleges that McMahon and another WWE executive locked her in a room at the WWE’s Stamford, Connecticut headquarters in June of 2021 and took turns sexually assaulting during the work day. The married McMahon is additionally accused of trafficking Grant to other men and sharing nude photographs of the plaintiff.
Grant is seeking unspecified damages.
TKO Executive Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon is seen during a ceremony last week
Janel Grant (pictured) is suing Vince McMahon, the WWE and another company executive
While resigning last week, McMahon insisted he would ‘vigorously defend myself against these baseless accusations.’
‘However, out of respect for the WWE Universe, the extraordinary TKO business and its board members and shareholders, partners and constituents, and all of the employees and Superstars who helped make WWE into the global leader it is today, I have decided to resign from my executive chairmanship and the TKO board of directors, effective immediately.’
The lawsuit came as McMahon was already reducing his role within the company. In fact, he briefly left the WWE in 2022, when the initial allegations of his infidelities first surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report.
And last week, former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was appointed to the board of directors at TKO, the umbrella company formed by the UFC-WWE merger. Meanwhile another former wrestler, Triple H (AKA Paul Levesque), has replaced McMahon as the WWE’s chief content officer.