WWE and its board of directors announced that a special committee of the board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by its Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis, head of talent relations. McMahon will temporarily step down from his position. While the investigation also names Laurinaitis as a person of interest, there is no mention of him stepping away from his position at this time.
Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that WWE had launched the investigation, which centered around millions in hush-money payments to women that McMahon is said to have had an affair with. The allegations were brought on after the board was contacted by someone who knew an employee that had left the company this year and received three million dollars for her silence. According to the report, it also uncovered other payments and legal agreements with other women through the decades.
“I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the special committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation. I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are,” said Mr. McMahon in a statement.
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