Vince McMahon sex trafficking lawsuit paused amid federal probe

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A sex trafficking and sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against former WWE boss Vince McMahon by an employee has been put on hold while the U.S. Department of Justice conducts their own investigation.

“Ms. Grant has consented to a request by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to stay her case against Mr. McMahon, WWE and Mr. Laurinaitis, pursuant to a pending non-public investigation,’ Grant’s attorney Ann Callis said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. ‘We will cooperate with all appropriate next steps.”

According to court documents filed in Connecticut in January, Grant alleges that McMahon pushed her into ‘a physical relationship in return for long-promised employment at WWE,’ which involved a forced sexual relationship, sharing of private photos and videos, as well as coercing Grant into having sexual relations with other WWE staffers, including Laurinaitis.

‘McMahon also subjected Grant to acts of extreme cruelty and degradation that caused Grant to disassociate and/or become numb to reality in order to survive the horrific encounters,’ the lawsuit states.

McMahon resigned as executive chairman and board member of TKO Group Holdings, parent company of WWE, the day after the lawsuit was filed, but the wrestling company’s founder maintains his innocence.

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