Vince McMahon and WWE are facing a horrific lawsuit alleging sexual assault and sex trafficking. The former staff member of WWE filed the case on Thursday.
The TKO Group Holdings (the company that now owns WWE) has spoken out against the graphic allegations.
A McMahon representative 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.”
A TKO spokesperson said: “Mr. McMahon does not control TKO nor does he oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE. While this matter pre-dates our TKO executive team’s tenure at the company, we take Ms. Grant’s horrific allegations very seriously and are addressing this matter internally.”
Full document from the trafficking lawsuit can be accessed here.
Whether McMahon will continue to work at TKO is not mentioned in the statement. TKO is a product of the union of the WWE and UFC, and is run by Endeavor.
The former WWE employee is suing co-founder Vince McMahon for r*pe, sex trafficking and battery in an unsettling federal court filing on Thursday. In addition, Janel Grant is suing former WWE General Manager and Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis for many offenses, including sexual assault. He is also calling out World Wrestling Entertainment for its own incompetence.
Grant provides details of a relationship full of obscene sexual innuendo from the first time she met McMahon in March 2019. The document is full of allegations of vile behavior and violence on the part of the already heavily accused McMahon. The complaint claims that as a direct result of her job, the connection quickly became openly and strongly sexual.
McMahon was forced to resign from his position as president and CEO of WWE in 2022 due to accusations of assault and harassment. However, he returned to the position last year with a newly appointed board and shortly after announced what he called a “strategic review process” (i.e., a sale of the Company). WWE and the UFC (which was owned by Endeavor) combined in September of last year to become TKO Group Holdings.
Mark Shapiro is the president of TKO, Ari Emanuel is the CEO, and McMahon serves as executive chairman of the relatively young sports juggernaut.