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According to information gathered by SMStudios, Vincent Kennedy McMahon is reportedly being sued a former employee for sex trafficking.

A former employee of WWE, Janel Grant, has filed a lawsuit accusing the company’s founder, Vince McMahon, of sexual assault, trafficking, and physical abuse. Grant, who worked at WWE’s headquarters, made these disturbing allegations more than a year after the conclusion of a special committee investigation into McMahon’s alleged misconduct during his tenure as chairman and CEO. Although McMahon retired during the investigation in July 2022, he has since returned as the chair of WWE’s parent company.

In the lawsuit filed in a Connecticut district court, Grant claimed that McMahon offered her a job and later promotions at WWE in exchange for sexual favors. The lawsuit also implicated McMahon in allegedly trafficking Grant to other men, including John Laurinaitis, a former wrestler who worked in the company’s talent relations department. Laurinaitis is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Following the conclusion of Grant’s employment and their alleged sexual relationship, McMahon allegedly coerced Grant into signing a non-disclosure agreement in exchange for payments totaling $3 million over several years.

WWE’s parent company, TKO Group Holdings, issued a statement asserting that McMahon does not control TKO or oversee WWE’s day-to-day operations. Despite the lawsuit predating TKO’s executive team’s tenure, the company expressed seriousness in addressing the allegations internally.

In a statement to Deadline, a spokesperson for McMahon denounced the lawsuit as containing “lies, obscene made-up instances that never occurred, and a vindictive distortion of the truth,” vowing a vigorous defense.

Grant’s attorney, Ann Callis, stated that the lawsuit aims to hold accountable WWE executives accused of sexual assault and trafficking, as well as the organization for allegedly facilitating or turning a blind eye to the abuse. Grant hopes the lawsuit will prevent other women from being victimized, asserting that WWE should take responsibility for its leadership’s alleged misconduct.

The lawsuit details Grant’s introduction to McMahon in 2019, initially building a professional relationship that allegedly turned into a coerced physical relationship. The lawsuit describes McMahon subjecting Grant to extreme cruelty and degradation after she secured a job at WWE.

Disturbing incidents mentioned in the lawsuit include an alleged sexual encounter in May 2020 involving McMahon, Grant, and a friend of McMahon’s, during which McMahon purportedly defecated on Grant. Another alleged sexual assault involving McMahon and Laurinaitis is said to have occurred at WWE’s headquarters in 2021.

The lawsuit raises questions about a 2022 investigation into McMahon’s alleged misconduct, including a reported $3 million settlement with a former employee. The investigation unearthed other nondisclosure agreements involving claims by former female WWE employees against McMahon and Laurinaitis.

Profitable deals, despite allegations

Despite the controversy, WWE has been involved in lucrative business deals, such as merging with Endeavor group in September to form TKO, valued at over $21 billion. TKO recently announced Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joining its board of directors, and Netflix secured the exclusive rights to “WWE Raw” in a deal valued at more than $5 billion starting in January 2025. McMahon, WWE’s largest shareholder, has returned as executive chairman of TKO Group Holdings.


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