McMahon Accused Of Paying Millions in Hush Money
WWE’s Vince McMahon is making headlines again for further allegations about him paying “hush money” to women. According to another report in the Wall Street Journal, McMahon agreed to pay $12 million to four different women over a 16-year period. The report also states that all of the women were formerly associated with WWE and had signed agreements with McMahon. These agreements prevented them from discussing their relationship with Vince McMahon.
One of these reported settlements included a $7.5 million payment to a former wrestler who, according to the Wall Street Journal, claimed that McMahon coerced her into sexual relations. Allegedly, Vince refused to re-sign the wrestler to a new deal with the company after she refused further sexual advances. The wrestler and her lawyer allegedly approached McMahon in 2018 and negotiated the $7.5 million settlement in exchange for her silence. As well, McMahon allegedly sent unsolicited naked photos of himself to a WWE contractor and sexually harassed her on the job. This resulted in a $1 million non-disclosure settlement in 2008. In a 2006 agreement, a former WWE manager was also paid $1 million to stay silent about McMahon initiating a sexual relationship with her.
The Wall Street Journal reported just last month that the WWE Board was investigating a secret $3 million payout from Vince McMahon to a former employee, a paralegal over an alleged affair. As a result, Vince McMahon voluntarily stepped down from his role as WWE Chairman and CEO. In the interim, his daughter Stephanie McMahon is acting as the interim WWE’s Chairwoman and interim CEO.