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WWE founder Vince McMahon resigns from TKO Group after being accused of sexual assault and trafficking in new lawsuit

Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Michael N. Todaro | Getty Images Vince McMahon, executive chairman of the board of TKO Group Holdings and founder of wrestling giant WWE, has

WWE founder Vince McMahon resigns from TKO Group after being accused of sexual assault and trafficking in new lawsuit

Vince McMahon attends a press convention to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 can be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Vince McMahon, government chairman of the board of TKO Group Holdings and founding father of wrestling large WWE, has resigned his positions at each corporations, in line with a WWE memo obtained by CNBC and confirmed by the corporate.

“Vince McMahon has tendered his resignation from his positions as TKO Govt Chairman and on the TKO Board of Administrators. He’ll not have a job with TKO Group Holdings or WWE,” mentioned Nick Khan, president of the WWE.

The announcement got here within the wake of allegations made public Thursday, of sexual assault and intercourse trafficking, in opposition to McMahon.

McMahon has denied the allegations. However he mentioned in an announcement late Friday that, “out of respect for the WWE Universe, the extraordinary TKO enterprise and its board members and shareholders, companions and constituents, and all the workers and Superstars who helped make WWE into the worldwide chief it’s immediately, I’ve determined to resign from my government chairmanship and the TKO board of administrators, efficient instantly.”

The most recent allegations in opposition to McMahon were in a lawsuit filed by Janel Grant — who alleges McMahon directed her to have intercourse with a WWE “famous person” and different males. Grant’s swimsuit seeks to void a nondisclosure settlement Grant mentioned she reached with McMahon in early 2022.

Grant’s swimsuit in U.S. District Courtroom in Connecticut says the billionaire McMahon agreed to pay her $3 million as a part of that deal, however ended up solely paying her $1 million in trade for her silence about his conduct.

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Along with McMahon, 78, the grievance names as defendants WWE and John Laurinaitis, the corporate’s former head of expertise relations and basic supervisor.

The grievance comes six months after federal legislation enforcement brokers executed a search warrant on McMahon and served him with a grand jury subpoena as a part of an investigation into McMahon’s fee of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to a number of girls, amongst them Grant, after allegations of sexual misconduct.

McMahon, who resigned from WWE management posts in mid-2022 amid an inner firm investigation, solely to return as its chief in early 2023, final March paid WWE $17.4 million to cowl prices of a probe of these payouts by a legislation agency retained by the corporate.

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