WWE Co-Founder Under Federal Investigation

(UnitedVoice.com) – To say Vince McMahon is a legend in the world of professional wrestling would be an understatement. He is the co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and served as its CEO for decades. The businessman recently stepped down from the company after allegations of sex abuse arose. New reports indicate he is under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Shocking Investigation

According to reports, McMahon is being investigated by federal authorities for trafficking and sexual assault. The Wall Street Journal broke the news days after McMahon stepped down as CEO. Authorities are reportedly trying to determine whether federal law was broken after a lawsuit was filed against the ex-CEO by a former employee.

On January 25, Janel Grant filed a lawsuit against McMahon and John Laurinaitis, a former WWE executive in charge of talent relations. She claimed that she was “the victim of physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault and trafficking at WWE.”

Grant claimed McMahon made her sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about their alleged relationship. She said he agreed to pay her $3 million for her silence. The lawsuit states she didn’t receive the full payment and wants the NDA voided. In 2022, McMahon was accused of paying four women more than $12 million over 16 years to keep them quiet about infidelity and sexual misconduct.

Federal agents reportedly subpoenaed McMahon in August for information about the payments.

Allegations Against the Entertainment Giant

Grant stated that the WWE hired her in 2019 after McMahon pushed her to get involved in a physical relationship with him as a requirement for employment. She alleges that he shared explicit videos, photos, and information about her with other employees at the company and convinced her to have intercourse with other WWE employees, including Laurinaitis.

The victim accused Laurinaitis and McMahon of assaulting her while other employees were at their desks. During one encounter, she claims McMahon defecated on her. The lawsuit also claims McMahon sent her a text message saying he was the “only one” who owned her and controlled whom he wanted her to have relations with.

Grant’s lawsuit claims McMahon broke the NDA by not paying her in full. He gave her a $1 million payout before she left the company but never paid the rest, rendering the agreement voided.

McMahon has denied all of the allegations against him. Still, he stepped down from the company. The US Attorney’s Office has not responded to requests for comment about the alleged investigation.

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