Vince McMahon plans to return to WWE amid $12 million lawsuit, new sexual assault claims – National

Although Vince McMahon stepped down from his role as CEO and President of WWE in July, new reports indicate he intends to return, even amid new sexual assault allegations and a $12 million separate lawsuit.

In an exclusive report, The Wall Street Journal claimed McMahon, 77, “said he received bad advice from people close to him to resign and he now believes the allegations and the investigation would be blown up if he stayed.”

McMahon left WWE after an internal investigation revealed he had paid more than $12 million in gags to four separate women over the past 16 years.

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The first payment – which triggered an internal WWE investigation – is said to have been made to a WWE attorney who had an affair with McMahon, who was married. The second was with a former wrestler who accused McMahon of sexual assault.

The third payment was allegedly made to a WWE contractor who claimed to have received unsolicited nude photos of McMahon while also being sexually harassed by him at work. The final payment was reportedly $1 million to another WWE employee who had an affair with McMahon.

The Wall Street Journal report also brought up a new sexual assault allegation against McMahon that has yet to be reported. The outlet wrote that a former spa manager at a Southern California resort claimed she was sexually assaulted by McMahon in 2011.

In November, McMahon reportedly received a letter of request from the attorney representing former WWE referee Rita Chatterton, who has accused the former WWE president of sexual assault since the 1990s.

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Chatterton, 65, is seeking $11.75 million in damages. She claims McMahon raped her in a limousine in 1992.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Chatterton’s attorney, Jerry McDevitt, stated in the request that his client had suffered from years of depression, eating disorders, loss of income, substance abuse and abuse. reduced quality of life as a result of sexual assault.

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McMahon has always denied Chatterton’s allegations of sexual assault.

This year, Chatterton told New York Magazine that McMahon is said to have offered her $500,000 a year to keep quiet.

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Since leaving his role at WWE, McMahon has been replaced by his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, and Nick Khan, a former talent agent.

WWE has undergone a seismic transformation under McMahon. He created WrestleMania, a premium live event that attracts millions of raving viewers.

Last year’s revenue exceeded $1 billion for the first time.

— With files from The Associated Press

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