World Wrestling Leisure founder Vince McMahon stepped down from his position with the corporate and its dad or mum firm Friday, the day after a former worker filed a lawsuit accusing him of sex trafficking, abuse and sexual assault.
McMahon resigned as TKO govt chairman and from the TKO board of administrators, and can now not have a job with WWE, WWE President Nick Khan wrote in an electronic mail to staff Friday evening.
On Thursday, former WWE worker Janel Grant filed a lawsuit that acknowledged she was “the sufferer of bodily and emotional abuse, sexual assault and trafficking at WWE.”
“At the moment’s criticism seeks to carry accountable two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janel Grant, in addition to the group that facilitated or turned a blind eye to the abuse after which swept it below the rug,” her legal professional Ann Callis mentioned.
McMahon has rejected the allegations and mentioned he seems ahead to clearing his identify.
“I stand by my prior assertion that Ms. Grant’s lawsuit is replete with lies, obscene made-up cases that by no means occurred, and is a vindictive distortion of the reality,” he mentioned in a press release Friday evening.
“Nevertheless, out of respect for the WWE Universe, the extraordinary TKO enterprise and its board members and shareholders, companions and constituents, and the entire staff and Superstars who helped make WWE into the worldwide chief it’s in the present day, I’ve determined to resign from my govt chairmanship and the TKO board of administrators, efficient instantly.”
McMahon has not been criminally charged in reference to the allegations within the lawsuit.
Earlier than his resignation, TKO Group Holdings mentioned McMahon didn’t management TKO or oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE. “Whereas this matter pre-dates our TKO govt workforce’s tenure on the firm, we take Ms. Grant’s horrific allegations very critically and are addressing this matter internally,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
Representatives for Grant didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday night.
Grant’s lawsuit consists of accusations of intercourse trafficking, civil battery, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional misery and negligence.
McMahon had stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2022 after an investigation discovered that he had paid nearly $15 million to four women over 16 years to quiet claims of sexual misconduct.
Even during that time, McMahon maintained management over the corporate as a majority shareholder. In a November regulatory submitting, WWE mentioned, “Mr. McMahon can successfully train management over our affairs.”
He was reinstated to the corporate’s board final 12 months, World Wrestling Entertainment said.
Emilie Dorn is an NBC Information project editor.
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