In a shocking lawsuit filed Thursday, WWE founder Vince McMahon has been accused of assault by a former employee, as well as sex trafficking at WWE.
The former WWE employee, Janel Grant, filed suit in a Connecticut federal court alleging that the former WWE CEO encouraged her to engage in a sexual relationship in exchange for employment.
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Former WWE executive John Laurinaitis was also named in the 67-page lawsuit.
Grant alleges within her filing that she signed a non-disclosure agreement for the price of $3 million, but after signing the agreement, she continued to be harassed.
Her legal team is seeking to void the NDA under the Speak Out Act.
The lengthy suit goes on to detail allegations of aggressive sexual behavior displayed by the former CEO, as well as claims of assault in the WWE office.
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The lawsuit claims the relationship shifted into sex trafficking in 2020, when McMahon allegedly pressured Grant into threesomes with other men, including McMahon’s physical therapist and another WWE executive, John Laurinaitis, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“On numerous occasions, Ms. Grant was directed to visit Laurinaitis at his hotel room before work to serve herself to him as his ‘breakfast,'” the lawsuit alleges. “These devastating experiences made Ms. Grant feel as though she were being pimped out as an object for sexual gratification for her new boss.”
The lawsuit also claims that McMahon and Laurinaitis sexually assaulted her during the workday at the WWE office.
In June 2021, when she arrived at work, the pair brought her into Laurinaitis’ office and allegedly assaulted her, despite Grant saying “no” and “please stop.” The lawsuit claims that McMahon responded, “No means yes.”
“On multiple other occasions while Ms. Grant worked under Laurinaitis, including after McMahon’s promise that one-on-one encounters would end – and even after his wife moved across the country to join Laurinaitis – he would call Ms. Grant to his office, lock the door, unzip his pants, and instruct Ms. Grant to perform oral sex,” the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit also claims McMahon used Grant as a “sexual pawn” to entice an unnamed WWE wrestler, called WWE Superstar in the lawsuit, to sign a new contract.
“In December 2021, McMahon gave Ms. Grant’s personal cell phone number to WWE Superstar and promised ‘she’ll do anything’ requested of her,” the lawsuit alleges. “In the days that followed, WWE Superstar revealed a fetish to Ms. Grant and tested McMahon’s promise that Ms. Grant would ‘do anything’ with a request that she send a video of herself urinating.”
Grant said she “obeyed,” although avoided future interactions with the wrestler due to the COVID pandemic.