Vince McMahon, the head of WWE, resigned following a Trafficking in sexual services case

Vince McMahon, the head of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), resigned following accusations of sex trafficking from a former staff member. Janel Grant claims that in order to attract wrestling talent, Mr. McMahon and another former executive, John Laurinaitis, sexually molested and trafficked her. In a statement, Mr. McMahon, 78, announced his decision to step down as executive chairman of TKO, the company that owns WWE. He has refuted the accusations.

“I stand by my prior statement that Ms Grant’s lawsuit is replete with lies, obscene made-up instances that never occurred, and is a vindictive distortion of the truth,” Mr McMahon stated in a statement on Friday. WWE president Nick Khan disclosed that “Vince McMahon has tendered his resignation from his positions as TKO Executive Chairman and on the TKO Board of Directors” in a staff memo that ESPN was able to get. “He will no longer have a role with TKO Group holdings or WWE.”

When Ms. Grant first met Mr. McMahon, she was unemployed and juggling the bankruptcy of her late parents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. McMahon promised her a job at WWE, which allegedly forced her into a sexual relationship. As per the court complaint, Ms. Grant continued to work at the WWE headquarters located in Connecticut from 2019 to 2022. “It felt like an impossible situation… giving in to Mr. McMahon’s sexual demands or facing ruin,” the woman claims. According to the lawsuit, Mr. McMahon “directed and expected Ms. Grant to engage in sexual activity, even during working hours,” at the WWE headquarters. She further claims that in June 2021, at the WWE offices in Connecticut, she was sexually assaulted by both defendants.

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