• Vince McMahon Is Being Investigated For Having An Affair With An Ex-WWE Female Employee, Allegedly “Gave Her Like A Toy” To John Laurinaitis
According to the The Wall Street Journal, WWE’s board is investigating a $3 million “hush-money settlement”, that Vince McMahon paid to a former female WWE employee over an alleged affair between them.
This ex-female employee was hired by WWE in 2019 as a paralegal. The January 2022 separation agreement doesn’t allow this ex-employee to discuss her relationship with Vince or disparage him.
WWE’s board began this investigation in April and a lot of old non-disclosure agreements were opened, which involved claims by multiple ex-WWE female employees of misconduct by Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis (Head of WWE Talent Relations).
WWE’s board’s 8 independent directors hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York-based law firm) to conduct the investigation. They found out that Vince used his personal funds to pay this ex-employee.
A WWE Spokesperson said the company is fully cooperating with the board’s inquiry and that Vince’s relationship with the ex-employee was consensual.
Jerry McDevitt (Vince’s attorney) said that the ex-employee didn’t make any claims of harassment against Mr. McMahon and that “WWE did not pay any money” to her “on her departure”.
WWE’s board members learned about this $3 million settlement after they received anonymous emails.
The 1st email they received was on March 30, 2022, where a friend of this ex-WWE paralegal claimed that WWE hired the paralegal at a salary of $100,000 at first, but her salary increased to $200,000 after Vince began a $exual relationship with her.
The email also stated that Vince “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis. The email also read:
“My friend was so scared so she quit after Vince McMahon and lawyer Jerry paid her millions of dollars to shut up.”
After the ex-paralegal signed her non-disclosure agreement, she was paid $1 million upfront and the rest $2 million will be paid over a period of 5 years.
The ex-paralegal is 41-years-old and told other employees in WWE that she faced a lot of hard times and needed the extra money, as her career got sidetracked after she tended to a sick parent.
In 2021, she was made an assistant to Laurinaitis.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 15, 2000) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. King Of The Ring – Qualifying Match: Edge vs. Brian Christopher
2. T & A vs. Dudley Boyz
3. King Of The Ring – Qualifying Match: Scott Taylor vs. D’Lo Brown
4. Kane vs. Chris Benoit
5. Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz
6. Bull Buchanan vs. Chris Jericho
7. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle