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Vince McMahon Investigated By WWE Over Alleged Hush Payments Following Affair With Ex-Employee

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Vince McMahon Investigated By WWE Over Alleged Hush Payments Following Affair With Ex-Employee

Vince McMahon is being investigated by the WWE board over alleged hush payments he made to an ex-employee following an affair.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the WWE chief executive coughed up US$3million of his own money after the person-in-question penned a nondisclosure agreement to keep quiet about what went on.

It's understood the separation agreement was signed in January 2022, but the WWE's probe into the matter has also dug up a series of other signed settlements relating to misconduct claims from female employees down the years.

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76-year-old McMahon is married to Linda McMahon, who also co-founded the company. 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Reports from the Wall Street Journal claim the board found out about the secret pact after receiving a bunch of emails in March from an anonymous source claiming to be a friend of the person-in-question.

The emails allege that McMahon hired the woman as a paralegal on a $100,000 annual salary but later increased her pay packet to $200,000 following their sexual relationship.

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Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

The WWE's head of talent relations John Laurinaitis was also mentioned in the emails.

According to one note, McMahon "gave her like a toy" to Laurinaitis.

"My friend was so scared, so she quit after Vince McMahon and lawyer Jerry (McDevitt) paid her millions of dollars to shut up," one of the emails read.

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McMahon is yet to comment, although a spokesperson from the WWE told the Wall Street Journal that the chief executive's relationship with the woman was consensual.

An inquiry is still underway.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Australia, WWE, Vince McMahon

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