Vince McMahon may not be in a jovial mood on “WWE SmackDown” tonight, as more allegations about his alleged sexual indiscretions — and the money he paid to cover them up — have been published by the Wall Street Journal.
After releasing a report on June 15 claiming that McMahon had paid $3 million in “hush money” to a former paralegal with whom he and John Laurinaitis allegedly had sexual relations, the Journal followed today with a new disclosure that added the number women involved to four. , at least one of whom was a wrestler, and the cash prize was paid out to more than $12 million.
The wrestler claims that McMahon “forced her to give him oral sex,” and that she was demoted and released from the company in 2005 after refusing “further sexual encounters.” McMahon bought her silence on the matter in 2018 for a $7.5 million payout. Meanwhile, in 2008, a former WWE contractor was alleged to have signed a nondisclosure agreement and been paid approximately $1 million after she “presented to the company unsolicited nude photos of Mr. McMahon that she had received from him and alleged that he sexually harassed her on the job.” .” And, according to the Journal’s sources, in 2006 another $1 million settlement went to “a former manager who had worked for Mr. McMahon for 10 years before allegedly having a sexual relationship with her.”
McMahon has been under a harsh spotlight since the first allegations were reported. WWE’s board of directors has reportedly launched an investigation into McMahon, who announced that he would “step back” from his position of CEO and chairman while the investigation was ongoing, but that he would still be in control of his creative tasks. McMahon went on to make several public appearances, both on WWE programming and during the final UFC 276 fight. Meanwhile, New York Magazine ran an article on June 27 in which former WWE talent Mario Mancini confirmed old allegations that McMahon sexually assaulted WWE’s first female umpire, Rita Chatterton, in the early 1990s, and on June 28 eight law firms are investigating WWE for possible breach of fiduciary responsibilities to its investors in the wake of the Wall Street Journal bomb threat.
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