Co-defendant in the Vince McMahon sex trafficking lawsuit drops bombshell accusation that he was ALSO a victim of the former WWE CEO… with attorneys claiming ‘the truth will come out’
In a shocking twist, John Laurinaitis – one of the defendants in a sex-trafficking lawsuit filed against the WWE and its founder, Vince McMahon – claims he was a victim of the former wrestling CEO.
The lawsuit, brought by former WWE employee Janel Grant, accuses McMahon and Laurinaitis of sex trafficking and sexual assault at the wrestling promotion’s corporate offices.
But in a statement to VICE News On Thursday, Laurinaitis’ attorney says his client is also a victim, telling the outlet that “The truth will come out.”
When VICE reached out to Edward Brennan, the attorney representing Laurinaitis, the attorney said, “Mr. Laurinaitis denies the allegations in the misdemeanor complaint and will vigorously defend these charges in court, not the media. Like the Claimant, Mr Laurinaitis is a victim in this case, not a predator. The truth will come out.’
Responding to a follow-up from VICE to clarify whether he claims Laurinaitis was a victim like Grant, Brennan said, “Read the allegations. Read the Federal Statute. Power, control, supervisory capacity, dictatorial sexual demands with repercussions if not met. Count how many times in the complaint Vince exercises control over both of them.’
A lawyer for WWE CEO John Laurinaitis claims his client is a victim of Vince McMahon
Laurinaitis was one of two defendants named in a sex-trafficking case brought by Janel Grant
Grant accused McMahon of instructing her to sexually service Laurinaitis, creating “explicit content” for Laurinaitis, and transferring her to Laurinaitis’ department within the WWE
Grant’s suit accuses McMahon of instructing her to create “explicit content” for Laurinaitis and arranging a threesome between them. The suit also says that McMahon scheduled dates for Grant to sexually service Laurinaitis.
The suit also says that after the trio, Grant was transferred to the department that Laurinaitis managed – talent relations. Grant claims that transmission also “carried the expectation of both McMahon and Laurinaitis that she engage sexually with Laurinaitis, both physically and with explicit content.”
‘In June 2021,’ the suit says, ‘McMahon and Defendant Laurinaitis Ms. Grant was sexually assaulted in Laurinaitis’ office at WWE headquarters while colleagues were busy at their desks.
‘Behind a closed door, the two men cornered her and pulled her in between them, violently touching her before finally placing her on top of a table between them.
“She begged them to stop, but they forced themselves on her, each taking turns for the other, saying ‘No means yes’ and ‘Take it, b***h.’
McMahon stepped down as the chairman of WWE’s parent company, TKO, last week. In a statement he said: ‘Mrs. Grant’s lawsuit is full of lies, obscene fabricated cases that never happened, and is a vindictive distortion of the truth.’
WWE logo shines from WWE World Headquarters on January 28 in Stamford, Connecticut
Laurinaitis is a former wrestler within the WWE and even married the mother of a pair of wrestling twins.
Nikki and Brie Garcia, who both wrestled under the stage name ‘The Bella Twins’, issued a statement after the allegations were revealed.
“We are shocked and disheartened by the recent allegations against members of the WWE,” the Garcia twins said in a joint statement, which declined to name McMahon or Laurinaitis.
“It’s been a lot to process since we found out this past week, as have you all. This is something we do not stand for or condone from anyone, no matter who they are.
‘We want all women to feel safe and supported in the workplace and in their everyday lives.’