Vince McMahon & WWE Officially Under DOJ Investigation; Rape & Sex Trafficking Case Paused, For Now

vince mcmahon & wwe officially under doj investigation; rape & sex trafficking case paused, for now

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The horrific rape and sex trafficking allegations against former WWE boss Vince McMahon won’t have their day in court yet, thanks to the Department of Justice.

In a sealed filing today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District Of New York presented material to the federal court of a probe they have opened into the disgraced McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment and the WWE’s ex-head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis.

“In addition to counsel already of record, please enter my appearance as counsel for the United States of America, Sarah Mortazavi, Assistant United States Attorney,” Williams wrote today to Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in a document also placed in the docket.

The DOJ has not responded to requests from Deadline for more information on the matter. If and when they do, this post will be updated.

However, five months after Jamel Grant filed her terror filled action against McMahon, WWE and others, her attorney confirms the DOJ’s long anticipated move is significant – significant enough to stop the initial case in its tracks for the time being

“Ms. Grant has consented to a request by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to stay her case against Mr. McMahon, WWE and Mr. Laurinaitis, pursuant to a pending non-public investigation,” said Grant’s lawyer Ann Callis in a statement to Deadline. “ We will cooperate with all appropriate next steps.”

Filed on January 25 and almost immediately attacked by McMahon’s team, Grant’s graphic lawsuit says she was violently raped repeatedly and abused in other ways by McMahon from 2019 to 2022. Additionally, Grant claims says she was trafficked across state lines to other WWE executives and even to an unnamed “WWE Superstar” for sexual purposes.

Grant and McMahon agreed to a $3 million payout in 2022 to keep their allegedly degrading sexual relationship from prying eyes if she signed an NDA. The plaintiff held up her end of the deal, Grant’s suits says, but McMahon has only paid her $1 million so far. For that, and as a consequence of going public Grant is seeking to have the NDA invalidated, among other measures.

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