A Total Of $12 Million Was Reportedly Paid To Four Women From WWE’s Vince McMahon To Settle Sexual Misconduct Charges
Longtime WWE executive Vince McMahon reportedly paid millions in hush money to a former female wrestler with whom he had a coercive sexual connection and who was allegedly not invited back to WWE after rejecting additional sexual approaches from the executive.
According to the Journal, McMahon allegedly paid the former wrestler $7.5 million after she claimed that McMahon pressured her into giving him oral sex, demoted her, and then refused to renew her contract in 2005 when she declined further sexual encounters with him. The wrestler and her lawyer allegedly signed a non-disclosure agreement with McMahon in 2018.
McMahon allegedly paid out a total of $12 million to four women over the past 16 years to resolve sexual misconduct charges.
Last month, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Palazzolo and Ted Mann, an inquiry by the WWE board of directors has found a hidden $3 million settlement paid out by chairman and CEO Vince McMahon to hide an alleged affair with a former employee.
Reports state that the employee in question was employed as a paralegal in 2019 and eventually resigned after allegedly signing a separation agreement in January that prohibited her from discussing the relationship.
McMahon stepped down as CEO last month, and his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, has taken over as temporary CEO.