Why is Vince McMahon being sued again over sex trafficking allegations by ex-WWE employee?

A female WWE employee sued WWE’s chairman in July 2022, claiming he mistreated her. Even though the scandal died down by the end of 2023, Vince McMahon is back in the spotlight with new accusations swirling around him in the new year.

The lawsuit says McMahon controlled a female staff member’s personal and business life, bringing the issue back to the public’s attention just one day before the highly anticipated Royal Rumble. Despite everything that WWE has accomplished, Vince McMahon, is still mired in never-ending legal battles.

Why is Vince McMahon being sued again by ex-WWE employee?

After Endeavor’s acquisition of WWE was completed in September 2023, McMahon was appointed Executive Chairman of the TKO Group. With Nick Khan in charge of business and Paul Levesque directing wrestling operations, McMahon’s influence was marginalized. 

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At first, many people wanted McMahon to depart from WWE since they didn’t approve of his role there. After facing pressure from the old man, the WWE Board—which included Khan, Levesque, and Stephanie McMahon—decided to let him in.

In 2022, McMahon resigned as CEO due to legal troubles stemming from claims comparable to those in the present case. A prosperous 2024 became the focus of attention as WWE saw major advancements with CM Punk’s comeback, The Rock’s appearance, and the approaching Royal Rumble. 

Following a watershed week for WWE with a massive Netflix agreementMcMahon is now facing legal challenges, which cast doubt on his position as chairman. The complaint charges McMahon with trafficking, sexual assault, mental and physical abuse, and violent violence by a former WWE employee.

According to Janel Grant’s complaint, she was the victim of a sexual assault that occurred while she was on the clock. The Lawsuit noted, “In the middle of another workday, on June 23, 2021, McMahon locked Grant inside his private locker room at WWE’s offices and forced himself on her over a massage table. Later that day, McMahon’s personal assistant delivered $15,000 in Bloomingdale’s gift cards to Grant in her office.”

Vince McMahon’s spokesman released an official statement

There has been no proof of Janel Grant’s allegations that McMahon abused and trafficked her after luring her with professional promises. Due to Grant’s belief that McMahon breached their earlier agreement, she is suing McMahon for undisclosed financial damages and attempting to have a nondisclosure agreement inked in 2022 nullified.

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A representative for McMahon issued a statement denying the allegations in the complaint and said that McMahon would defend himself aggressively. Furthermore, McMahon’s current affiliate, TKO, has pledged to take the matter seriously and launch an internal investigation.

The spokesman’s official statement said, “This lawsuit is replete with lies, obscene made-up instances that never occurred, and a vindictive distortion of the truth. He will vigorously defend himself.”

In Vince McMahon’s role as chairman of TKO, the business is determined to take the situation seriously and confront the possible danger to his legacy. Regardless of how viewers see Vince on television, WWE’s upper management must handle the crisis with strategic PR and exhaustive internal investigations.

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