Vince McMahon’s Sex Trafficking Investigation Paused As DOJ Gets Involved

The federal investigation against Vince McMahon over sex trafficking allegations has been paused, with the Department of Justice launching its own inquiry. 

McMahon faces a legal battle after former WWE employee Janel Grant claimed Vince offered her sex in return for work. She also claims she was trafficked to other men, while claiming sexual photos and videos of her were passed to WWE employees. Vince then resigned as Executive Chairman of TKO Group Holdings Inc. He also left the TKO board of directors and vowed to prove his innocence.

McMahon has also been selling shares from TKO Holdings Group Inc., suggesting he is looking to distance himself from the company. McMahon has faced other legal cases. Former female referee Rita Chatterton alleged McMahon had raped her, which was then settled out of court. McMahon also left as CEO of WWE in 2022.

It was alleged he had paid approximately $15 million altogether to four women to keep silent about sexual misconduct claims. The Department of Justice will now investigate McMahon, the WWE and John Laurinaitis, the previous head of talent at WWE. Grant has agreed to allow the Department of Justice to do its investigation. 

“In addition to counsel already of record, please enter my appearance as counsel for the United States of America, Sarah Mortazavi, Assistant United States Attorney,” Damian Williams (United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York)

“Ms. Grant has consented to a request by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to stay her case against Mr. McMahon, WWE and Mr. Laurinaitis, pursuant to a pending non-public investigation. We will cooperate with all appropriate next steps,” Ann Callis (Grant’s attorney)

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