WWE has given its first response to the allegations that Vince McMahon paid $3 million to cover up an affair in a memo sent to staff.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Vince McMahon’s own company board is investigating a $3 million payment said to have been made by him to a former employee of the company in return for them signing a non-disclosure agreement.
The employee was hired by the company as a paralegal in 2019 with the report saying an anonymous email was sent to WWE’s board on March 30th, 2022 by a friend of the employee in question which alleged that the employee’s salary was doubled from $100,000 to $200,000 after beginning an intimate relationship with the WWE Chairman.
That email is also said to have mentioned McMahon’s longtime legal counsel Jerry McDevitt as it read “My friend was so scared so she quit after Vince McMahon and lawyer Jerry paid her millions of dollars to shut up.”
Jerry McDevitt told the Journal that regarding payment to the now ex-employee, “WWE did not pay any monies on her departure.” McDevitt also added that the employee had made no claims of harassment against Vince McMahon.
Brandon Thurston has now reported that WWE has sent an internal memo to staff that is said to be similar to a WWE spokesperson’s response to The Journal. A WWE spokesperson stated that Vince McMahon was co-operating fully with the investigation and that any alleged relationship between McMahon and the 41-year-old employee was consensual.
The memo to staff read:
“The Wall Street Journal has published a report about WWE with allegations that we and our Board of Directors take seriously.”
“We are cooperating fully with the independent investigation initiated by our Board of Directors.”
The Journal’s report continues to say that the board’s investigation has also unearthed older non-disclosure agreements that surround claims of misconduct made by other former female WWE employees that involve both Vince McMahon and WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis. However, it is not known how many of these claims are being looked into but payments made in relation to them are said to run into the millions of dollars.