Federal authorities contact individuals who raised claims against McMahon
In a recent development, federal authorities in New York have initiated a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against Vince McMahon, the founder of WWE. The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Sources reveal that authorities have been in contact with individuals who have raised these claims against McMahon.
McMahon denies accusations and expresses confidence in clearing his name
Vince McMahon has vehemently denied all the accusations made against him and has expressed confidence in being cleared of any wrongdoing. In an interview, he stated, “I intend to vigorously defend myself against these baseless accusations and look forward to clearing my name.”
No response from McMahon, TKO Group, and WWE
Fox News Digital reached out to Vince McMahon, TKO Group, and WWE for comments on the federal probe but did not receive an immediate response.
Past legal scrutiny and ongoing lawsuit
Last summer, McMahon was subpoenaed for documents related to allegations of rape, sex trafficking, sexual assault, commercial sex transactions, harassment, or discrimination involving current or former WWE employees. Federal agents also executed a search warrant for McMahon’s phone. However, he does not currently face criminal charges in connection with the accusations mentioned in the lawsuit.
Denials from other parties involved
John Laurinaitis, a former WWE executive who was also named in the lawsuit, has denied the allegations raised against him through a statement from his lawyer. Laurinaitis left WWE in 2022 after a long tenure as a company executive and has yet to provide further details about his departure.
A history of sexual assault allegations
This is not the first time sexual assault allegations have been associated with Vince McMahon and WWE. In 1992, Rita Chatterton accused McMahon of rape, although he consistently denied any wrongdoing. However, in 2022, McMahon reached a multimillion-dollar settlement amid an investigation by WWE’s board of directors. The investigation uncovered that McMahon had paid nearly $15 million in hush money to four women over 16 years who had made claims of sexual misconduct.
McMahon’s reinstatement and WWE’s parent organization
Despite the controversy, Vince McMahon was reinstated to WWE’s board in 2023 and went on to negotiate the sale of WWE to Endeavor Group. The deal resulted in the formation of a new public company called [name], which now serves as WWE’s parent organization.
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