In recent news, The Wall Street Journal reported that Janel Grant, a former WWE employee, has filed lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon, and John Laurinaitis in a Connecticut federal court. The complaint includes accusations of sex trafficking against Vince McMahon.
Variety.com has covered the lawsuit, mentioning that representatives for WWE and Vince McMahon have yet to respond to requests for comment. However, a spokesperson for TKO Group Holdings, the parent company of WWE and UFC, released the following statement:
“Mr. McMahon does not control TKO nor does he oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE. While this matter predates our TKO executive team’s tenure at the company, we take Ms. Grant’s horrific allegations very seriously and are addressing this matter internally.”
Ann Callis, an attorney representing Janel Grant, also issued statement:
“Today’s complaint seeks to hold accountable two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janel Grant, as well as the organization that facilitated or turned a blind eye to the abuse and then swept it under the rug. She is an incredibly private and courageous person who has suffered deeply at the hands of Mr. McMahon and Mr. Laurinaitis. Ms. Grant hopes that her lawsuit will prevent other women from being victimized. The organization is well aware of Mr. McMahon’s history of depraved behavior, and it’s time that they take responsibility for the misconduct of its leadership.”
In light of these serious allegations and the legal action taken by Janel Grant, this lawsuit has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the WWE and its leadership. The statements from TKO Group Holdings and Ann Callis reflect the gravity of the situation, acknowledging the need for a thorough investigation and accountability.
The outcome of this lawsuit will undoubtedly be watched closely by many, as it may have far-reaching implications for the future of WWE and the broader conversation surrounding misconduct in the workplace.
Stay with Ringside News as more information surrounding this lawsuit becomes available.
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