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WWE’s Vince McMahon paid $12 million in hush money to multiple women, report says



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The ladies, all of whom have been concerned with WWE, signed agreements with McMahon that “prohibit them from discussing potential authorized claims in opposition to or their relationships with the 76-year-old government.”

The report of the hush cash, which the Journal mentioned was paid over 16 years, is the newest a part of a company firestorm for McMahon.

Final month another report from the Journal mentioned the corporate’s board was investigating McMahon for agreeing to pay a secret $3 million settlement to a former worker with whom he allegedly had an affair. That girl is among the many 4 talked about within the new report.
The longtime WWE (WWE) boss agreed to step again from his function as chairman and CEO whereas the investigation is ongoing.
Vince McMahon takes 'Smackdown' stage after misconduct allegations emerge

The WWE didn’t instantly return CNN’s request for touch upon this story.

“I’ve pledged my full cooperation to the investigation by the particular committee, and I’ll do every thing potential to help the investigation,” McMahon mentioned in a press release final month. “I’ve additionally pledged to simply accept the findings and end result of the investigation, no matter they’re.”

McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie, is serving as interim CEO and chairwoman.

But McMahon has not shied away from the highlight: He has retained not solely his enter on WWE’s artistic content material, but additionally his in-ring persona. The corporate mentioned final month that McMahon would proceed to look as his character throughout matches because the investigation continues.

In actual fact, McMahon did not wait lengthy to re-enter the ring. Simply days after the preliminary report, McMahon appeared on the company’s wrestling telecast “Smackdown,” telling the viewers he was there to remind them of the 4 phrases that make up the “WWE signature.”

“These 4 phrases are ‘then,’ ‘now,’ ‘ceaselessly,’ and an important phrase is ‘collectively,'” he mentioned. “Welcome to Smackdown!” McMahon then left the ring to the tune of his theme track, “No Probability in Hell.”

— CNN Enterprise’ Jordan Valinsky contributed to this report.