Vince McMahon Resigns From TKO Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Vince McMahon is no longer the Executive Chairman of TKO Group Holdings Inc. after resigning from his post in response to serious allegations of sexual misconduct.
The allegations were made by the former WWE employee Janel Grant, whose lawsuit alleges that McMahon was involved in trafficking, physical abuse and sexual assault against her. The main contention is that McMahon allegedly trafficked Grant to other men. And he allegedly offered her a job at WWE on the condition that she provided sex in return. McMahon has responded to the allegations by walking away from his post. But he has stated that he will fight these accusations to prove his innocence.
“Out of respect for the WWE Universe, the extraordinary TKO business and its board members and shareholders, partners and constituents, and all of the employees and Superstars who helped make WWE into the global leader it is today, I have decided to resign from my executive chairmanship and the TKO board of directors, effective immediately,” McMahon said
“He will no longer have a role with TKO Group Holdings or WWE,” Nick Khan (WWE President)
McMahon has been in troubled waters regarding such accusations in the past. He left his role as CEO and Chairman of WWE in July 2022 after he was accused of sexual misconduct. An investigation followed, which cleared him as he made his way back in January 2023. Although that may be the case, McMahon was not the only person implicated in such scandals.
Grant alleged that she was forced into creating sexual content for Brock Lesnar. This occurred when WWE was trying to resign him. Grant and Lesnar reportedly exchanged messages after Vince had passed on her number. They were trying to meet, but that failed due to the weather conditions, which stopped Lesnar from travelling. But Grant states that McMahon tried to traffic her to Lesnar in March 2022 and wanted her to send him explicit photos.
“Today’s complaint seeks to hold accountable two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janel Grant, as well as the organization that facilitated or turned a blind eye to the abuse and then swept it under the rug. She is an incredibly private and courageous person who has suffered deeply at the hands of Mr. McMahon and Mr. Laurinaitis. Ms. Grant hopes that her lawsuit will prevent other women from being victimized. The organization is well aware of Mr. McMahon’s history of depraved behavior, and it’s time that they take responsibility for the misconduct of its leadership,” Ann Callis (Grant’s attorney)
Both men face a battle on their hands to prove their innocence. But given the seriousness, it may take some time before it all ends. That is unlikely to help McMahon and Lesnar, whose respective careers will no doubt take a hit until this is resolved. And there is no getting away from that.
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