Lawyer for ex-WWE staffer who claims Vince McMahon sex trafficked her and defecated on her head argues the case is in its ‘own class of depravity’ and has that left victim with ‘suicidal ideation’
A lawyer representing the former WWE employee who claims she was sexually abused and trafficked by Vince McMahon said “depravity” and allegations in the lawsuit are “in a class of their own.”
Ann Callis represents Janel Grant, a former WWE staffer who claimed McMahon forced her to have sex with WWE icons and executives.
Grant, who worked in the company’s legal and talent departments, claims McMahon also defecated on her and used sex toys on her during a threesome, aggressively causing her injuries.
Callis claims the horrors Grant allegedly endured at the hands of McMahon are unlike anything else she’s encountered in her entire career — which includes nearly a decade as a felony criminal judge overseeing the most brutal sexual assault cases and murders.
Janel Grant (pictured) is suing McMahon, the WWE and another company executive
Ann Callis, right, is the attorney for Janel Grant. She spoke to Ashleigh Banfield, left
Wrestling personality Vince McMahon has resigned from WWE’s parent company amid sex-trafficking allegations
“The sexual slavery that she endured, the devastating effects that happened to her physically and mentally when she went through it and still suffers through it with PTSD — she had suicidal thoughts,” Callis said. NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield.
“I was a criminal judge for nine years dealing with cases of murder and assault, but this is in its own class of the depravity she had to endure.”
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Connecticut, where WWE is based.
The case includes allegations that McMahon, now 78, forced Grant into a sexual relationship so she could get and keep a job and passed pornographic photos and videos of her to other men, including other WWE employees.
“We’re going up against the WWE, a multibillion dollar corporation that turned a blind eye to what happened there. McMahon is also a multi-billionaire and a powerful person in his own right. The only weapon we have is the true facts and the complaint details,” Callis explained.
Vince McMahon is at the center of a sex-trafficking lawsuit filed Thursday
Another former WWE manager John Laurinaitis was also named in the filing – two years after he was fired from the company
The above text included in Grant’s filing allegedly shows McMahon instructing her to have sex with WWE CEO John Laurinaitis
Grant also names as defendants in the lawsuit the WWE and John Laurinaitis, a former pro wrestler and the company’s former head of talent relations and general manager.
According to the lawsuit, McMahon lived in the same building as Grant and in 2019 offered to get her a job with WWE after her parents died.
She contends that he eventually made it clear that one of the requirements of the position was a physical relationship with him and later with Laurinaitis and others.
Over the next few years, McMahon gave her gifts, including a luxury car, the suit says.
It also alleges that in 2021, McMahon offered one of his star wrestlers – a person not named in the lawsuit – sex with Ms Grant as a benefit.
“WWE benefited financially from the commercial sex act enterprise orchestrated by McMahon, including by having wrestling talent, such as WWE Superstar, sign new contracts with WWE after McMahon presented Plaintiff as a sexual commodity for their use,” the lawsuit states. lawsuit.
Callis said Grant’s hope is that more victims may come forward now that the allegations have been made public.
“She’s crushed, dehumanized, thrown away and she’s really a destroyed person, but she’s incredibly resilient and incredibly brave,” Callis said. “She suffered sexual misconduct from Vince McMahon that was overlooked by the WWE, so I think she will survive any investigation.
“Ms. Grant hopes that her lawsuit will prevent other women from being victimized,” her attorney, Callis, said in a statement.
‘The organization is well aware of Mr McMahon’s history of depraved behaviour, and it is time they accepted responsibility for the misconduct of his leadership.’
Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported how WWE was investigating an alleged $3 million payment McMahon made to a woman who left the company after a consensual affair.
Grant claimed she received a $1 million payment after signing a non-disclosure agreement.
She is now seeking unspecified monetary damages and for the court to void the $3 million dollar non-disclosure agreement, of which she claims she received only $1 million dollars.
A further investigation also revealed how McMahon allegedly splashed out $14.6 million to a number of women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
McMahon denies the allegations, but announced Friday that he is stepping down as executive chairman of WWE’s parent company, TKO Group Holdings.
TKO Group said it takes the allegations seriously and is addressing them internally.
“Mr. McMahon does not control TKO nor does he oversee the day-to-day operations of WWE,” TKO Group said earlier this week. ‘While this matter predates our TKO executive team’s tenure at the company, we take Ms. We take Grant’s appalling allegations very seriously and are addressing this matter internally.’
Mr McMahon stepped down as WWE CEO in 2022 amid an investigation into allegations consistent with those in the lawsuit.
“I stand by my previous statement that Ms. Grant’s lawsuit is full of lies, obscene fabrications that never happened, and a vindictive distortion of the truth,” McMahon said in a statement.
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut
“I intend to vigorously defend myself against these baseless accusations, and look forward to clearing my name.”
McMahon was the leader and most recognizable face at WWE for decades.
When he bought the then World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1982, wrestling matches took place at smaller venues and appeared on local TV channels.
WWE matches are now held in professional sports stadiums, and the organization has a significant overseas following.
Last April, WWE merged with the company that runs Ultimate Fighting Championship to create the $21 billion sports entertainment company TKO Group Holdings, with McMahon serving as the group’s executive chairman of the board until Friday.