More allegations against WWE’s Vince McMahon have come out, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that McMahon is alleged to have paid more than $12 million to four separate women to cover up claims of sexual misconduct and infidelity.
The women involved — all of whom had connections to WWE — signed agreements with McMahon that prohibited them from discussing any and all legal claims against McMahon, or discussing their relationships with him. One settlement included in the report mentions a $7.5 million payout to a former wrestler who alleged that McMahon had coerced her into giving him oral sex and then demoted her, before declining her contract in 2005 after she began resisting any more encounters with the man.
The report comes just one month after an initial report that alleged McMahon had paid $3 million in hush money to a woman that he was allegedly having an affair with. As a result of that report, McMahon stepped back from his role as chief executive officer of WWE last month while the board continued its investigation.
However, McMahon still appeared at various WWE tapings and retained his responsibilities as one of the creative heads at WWE. In the interim, Stephanie McMahon — Vince’s daughter — is serving as interim CEO and interim chairwoman.