WWE manager Vince McMahon is in a sexual harassment stranglehold that might be tougher to squirm out of than the Iron Shiek’s feared Camel Clutch.
According to an explosive report in The Wall Road Journal, McMahon, 76, shelled out additional than $12 million in “hush money” to 4 former feminine employees.
The newspaper said the ladies all signed non-disclosure agreements to hold it zipped more than sexual misconduct.
“[The agreements] prohibit them from discussing likely lawful statements from or their relationships with the 76-year-old executive,” the Journal claimed.
The payouts go back at minimum 16 many years and incorporate an eye-popping $7.5 million payout to a former WWE grappler who claimed McMahon coerced her into executing oral sexual intercourse on him.
McMahon then reportedly demoted the wrestler and did not resign her when her contract ran out.
In addition, the Journal studies that McMahon — whose grandfather started the promotion’s precursor — compensated out $1 million in 2008 to a former WWE contractor who sued him for sexual harassment. He also allegedly sent her unsolicited nude snapshots.
A former manager also scored a $1 million payday soon after proclaiming McMahon initiated a sexual connection with her.
The hottest revelations arrive hot on the heels of a Journal report in June professing McMahon manufactured another $3 million payment to a previous paralegal more than an alleged consensual affair.
For the time being, the WWE has set McMahon on ice and is cooperating with the board in its probe of the wrestling heavyweight.
WWE mentioned McMahon “voluntarily stepped back” from his part as CEO. Daughter Stephanie has been named as interim CEO and board chair during her father’s absence.
“I have pledged my comprehensive cooperation to the investigation by the Distinctive Committee, and I will do all the things achievable to assist the investigation. I have also pledged to acknowledge the findings and outcome of the investigation, whichever they are,” Vince McMahon claimed at the time.
Also underneath investigation for alleged misconduct is WWE executive John Laurinaitis who the newspaper promises had an affair with the identical paralegal McMahon did.