Vince McMahon Faces Shocking Allegations of Sexual Assault and Exploitation by Former WWE Employee Janel Grant
In a bombshell lawsuit filed in a Connecticut federal court, former WWE employee Janel Grant has made disturbing allegations against wrestling magnate Vince McMahon, accusing him of sexual abuse, assault, and even sex trafficking. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, details a harrowing account of McMahon’s alleged misconduct towards Grant, shedding light on a dark chapter within the world of professional wrestling.
Grant, who previously remained unnamed, now bravely steps forward with claims that McMahon subjected her to a series of appalling acts, including the use of sex toys named after WWE wrestlers, explicit photos and videos shared without consent, and coercive sexual encounters with other WWE executives and a wrestling star.
The shocking lawsuit alleges that McMahon pressured Grant into a physical relationship in exchange for promised employment at WWE, creating an environment where she felt trapped and coerced. McMahon is accused of exploiting his position of power to make increasingly depraved sexual demands, causing physical injuries to Grant.
The lawsuit implicates John Laurinaitis, WWE’s former head of talent relations, as a defendant, alleging that McMahon recruited Laurinaitis to engage in sexual relations with Grant. Disturbingly, the claims include instances of sexual assault within WWE offices, with McMahon and Laurinaitis allegedly restraining Grant while uttering phrases like “No means yes” and “Take it, b—h.”
Furthermore, the lawsuit accuses McMahon of directing Grant to create sexualized content on her phone and send it to a former UFC star, Brock Lesnar, whom WWE was trying to sign at the time. Federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant and served a federal grand jury subpoena to McMahon in July 2021, though no charges have been brought against him as of now.
Grant alleges that she lost her employment at WWE after McMahon claimed his wife discovered their relationship in January 2022. She was then pressured to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) in exchange for payments, which McMahon later ceased making. The lawsuit seeks to void the NDA and demands compensatory and punitive damages.
WWE, now part of TKO Group Holdings, responded to the allegations by stating that McMahon does not control TKO and does not oversee day-to-day operations. McMahon, who temporarily stepped down as CEO in 2022 after an investigation found he paid nearly $15 million to settle claims of sexual misconduct, maintains control over the company as a majority shareholder.
This latest scandal follows a series of investigations into McMahon’s alleged misconduct, with the lawsuit shedding light on the apparent failure of WWE’s internal investigations to address the severity of the allegations. Janel Grant’s lawsuit brings forth a renewed focus on the need for accountability and transparency within the professional wrestling industry, as she seeks justice for the alleged abuses she endured during her time at WWE.