New Details On Federal Investigation Into Vince McMahon Sex Trafficking Lawsuit

Wall Street Journal produces new findings on federal investigation into McMahon and WWE.

Vince McMahon

Content warning; discussion of alleged sexual assault

Vince McMahon is under federal investigation for sexual assault and sex trafficking.

The Wall Street Journal broke the news that an investigation is ongoing, "according to people familiar with the investigation, with those same people noting that "prosecutors in New York in recent months have been in contact with women who have accused McMahon of sexual conduct".


It was reported last summer that a search warrant had been executed for McMahon's phone, and subpoena's him for "documents related to any allegation of “rape, sex trafficking, sexual assault, commercial sex transaction, harassment or discrimination” against current or former WWE employees".

The report goes on to provide specific details of the scope of the investigation, noting that;

"The other women named in the grand jury subpoena include a WWE contractor whom McMahon allegedly sent unsolicited nude photos and sexually harassed; a former WWE wrestler who said McMahon coerced her into giving him oral sex; former WWE referee Rita Chatterton, who publicly accused McMahon of raping her; a spa manager who said McMahon assaulted her at a Southern California resort; and a former WWE employee who alleged the head of talent relations at the company at the time, John Laurinaitis, demoted her after she broke off an affair with him."

McMahon, WWE and John Laurinaitis were named in the sex trafficking lawsuit last week. The suit documents in lengthy detail allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse by McMahon between 2019 and 2022, and that amidst promises of career advancement and gifts of varying financial nature she was allegedly exploited and trafficked to other men in WWE. John Laurinaitis is named in the suit as one of those men, as well as a wrestler listed as "WWE Superstar", later also named by Wall Street Journal sources as Brock Lesnar.

According to the latest WSJ report, Grant and at least four of the women named in the grand jury subpoena entered into settlement agreements with McMahon over allegations of sexual misconduct.


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