Vince McMahon retired from WWE this past July after the former CEO had paid out nearly $20 million in previously unrecorded expenses, almost $15 million of which were hush money for the sexual misconduct allegations he received from four women over the past 16 years and $5 million to former United States President Donald Trump’s now-defunct foundation through donations in 2007 and 2009. Vince McMahon has since stepped down from his duties as the company’s CEO, Chairman and Head of Creative with Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon being named as co-CEOs and Triple H being named as the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, the Chief Content Officer and the Head of Creative, but it looks like the former WWE Chairman still has a lot of legal issues he needs to face.
Wall Street Journal posted a story on their official website that the representative of Vince McMahon received a demand letter on November 3rd from the lawyer of for former WWE referee Rita Chatterton as she is asking $11.75 million in damages for raping her in a limo in 1986. The letter also states that the former WWE referee “has suffered years of ongoing depression, substance abuse, disordered eating, lost income and overall a decreased quality of life.” In 1993, Vince alleged that Rita was induced to making a false rape charge after her lawsuit was filed and she was asking for $5 million.
Vince’s legal representative also received an email from an attorney of a former spa manager claiming that the former WWE CEO assaulted his client in 2011 at a California resort. According to Wall Street Journal, the former spa manager says she reported the alleged assault at the time to the resort board and she even told her husband about the incident. Her husband would reportedly head to a WWE Event to confront McMahon, but he was turned away and the report also reveals that this allegation is separate from an allegation back in 2006 at a tanning salon in Boca Raton, Florida.
Wall Street Journal then revealed that spokesmen for the WWE as well as the board of directors in the company have declined to comment and that Vince McMahon has also declined to comment and WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt has not responded as well to requests for comment. It was also noted that McMahon told people he will not pay settlements to Rita Chatterton and the former spa manager and that he plans on returning to WWE and he received bad advice from people close to him telling him to step down. Former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon also told people that he believes the allegations and investigations would have blown over if he had stayed with the company.
After it was revealed that Vince McMahon announced his retirement from the WWE, it was later noted on an official company filing that he actually resigned, but prior to his resignation, Vince told people that he had no intention of stepping down from the WWE and that he would continue running the company but that all changed as more allegations were brought forward by the WSJ.