Janel Grant, a former employee of WWE, has filed a lawsuit against the company, its founder Vince McMahon, and a former WWE executive, accusing them of sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse, and trafficking. The lawsuit includes accusations of sex trafficking, civil battery, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.
An attorney for Grant, Ann Callis, stated that the complaint seeks to hold accountable two WWE executives who sexually assaulted and trafficked Plaintiff Janel Grant, as well as the organization that facilitated or turned a blind eye to the abuse and then swept it under the rug.
WWE’s parent company, TKO Group Holdings, stated that Mr. McMahon does not control TKO nor oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE, but they take Ms. Grant’s allegations very seriously and are addressing the matter internally. The lawsuit alleges that Grant met McMahon in March 2019, and he “dangled career-making and life-changing promises” while engaging in increasingly inappropriate behavior toward her.