Vince McMahon Reportedly Paid $12 Million To 4 Women To Suppress Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Infidelity

Vince McMahon Reportedly Paid $12 Million To Four Women To Suppress Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Infidelity

The Wall Street Journal has posted another story on Vince McMahon and this one alleges that McMahon paid $12 million in hush money to four women in the past 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity. This amount is a lot more than was previously known.

WSJ reports that the payouts went to women formerly affiliated with WWE and they all signed agreements that prevented them from discussing potential legal claims or their relationships with him.

The story notes that there was a $7.5 million pact with a former wrestler that alleged that McMahon coerced her into giving her oral sex and then demoted her and then declined to renew her contract in 2005 after she resisted more sexual encounters. WSJ reports that the wrestler and her attorney approached McMahon in 2018 to negotiate a payment in return for her silence.

WSJ also reports that a WWE contractor presented the company with unsolicited nude photos of McMahon that she reportedly received from him and McMahon agreed to pay this person $1 million.

There was reportedly a 2006 agreement with a former manager who worked for McMahon and it was claimed that the manager was paid $1 million to keep quiet about a sexual relationship.

WSJ previously reported about a $3 million hush pact reached in January between McMahon and a former paralegal with whom he allegedly had an affair with. This is being investigated by WWE’s Board of Directors along with claims that John Laurinaitis had a relationship with the same paralegal. In addition to that, the Board is looking into a claim that there was a $1.5 million nondisclosure agreement reached in 2012 with an employee that made misconduct claims against Laurinaitis.

Laurinaitis is currently on leave during the Board’s investigation and has not been seen backstage since the initial story broke. McMahon temporarily stepped down as CEO but has been backstage at shows and has appeared on camera since the initial allegation was reported. WSJ could not determine if the Board was investigating the additional allegations reported today.

WSJ noted that neither attorney for Laurinaitis or McMahon have responded to requests for comment.

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