Four former employees say that Vince McMahon paid them up to $12 million to keep quiet.
That didn’t take long, did it? A few weeks ago, Vince McMahon, the strange CEO of the WWE, was criticized for allegedly paying a former female employee $3 million for an affair. So, McMahon stepped down as CEO of the company, but he kept his job as the creator and producer of all WWE shows. This gave the board of directors a chance to look into his alleged wrongdoing. McMahon isn’t perfect, so many wrestling experts and anyone with half a brain thought that other women would eventually come forward or be found.
The Wall Street Journal says that McMahon has paid four different women a total of $12 million in hush money over the last ten years. The worst story is about an unnamed female wrestler who says that McMahon fired her after she broke up with him sexually.
The longtime CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon, stepped down in June. A report from the Wall Street Journal says that over the past 16 years, he paid at least $12 million to four women to hide many allegations of sexual misconduct.
The WWE’s board was also looking into McMahon after it came out in April that he paid $3 million to hide an affair with a former worker. The new report shows that McMahon hid more.
So far, the Journal says these are the four settlements McMahon has paid out:
In 2018, McMahon gave $7.5 million to a former wrestler who said that McMahon “forced her to give him oral sex, demoted her, and then didn’t renew her contract in 2005 when she refused to have more sexual encounters.”
In 2008, WWE gave a contractor about $1 million because she “presented the company with nude photos of Mr. McMahon she said she got from him and said he had sexually harassed her on the job.”
In 2006, McMahon gave $1 million to an ex-WWE manager who said that McMahon “started a sexual relationship with her.”
The ex-paralegal who is said to have had an affair with McMahon will get $3 million in 2022. The board decided that McMahon and this woman were in a relationship that they both agreed to.
After hearing about the investigation and what was said to be a settlement, McMahon stepped down on June 17. In a statement released by the company, he also said he would “fully cooperate with the investigation” and “promise to accept the results of the investigation, no matter what they are.” Stephanie McMahon, who is McMahon’s daughter, was named interim CEO and interim Chairwoman. She had been the company’s chief brand officer and was a wrestler in the past.
To give you an idea of how much money this is, McMahon paid $10 million more for hush money than he did for the rival wrestling promotion WCW.