Report: Federal Prosecutors Actively Investigating Former WWE Boss Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon, who was last week accused of sex trafficking and sexual assault by former WWE employee Janel Grant, is reportedly being investigated by federal authorities. According to the Wall Street Journal, individuals close to the investigation have revealed that New York prosecutors have spoken with women accusing the 78-year-old of sexual misconduct. That investigation is said to have been going on in "recent months." WSJ reached out to WWE about the matter, but the promotion did not respond.

The Journal also mentioned that last summer, a year after it emerged that McMahon had agreed to pay more than $12 million in hush-money payments to four women, federal agents issued a search warrant for McMahon's phone. They also served a grand jury subpoena for documents relating to allegations of "rape, sex trafficking, sexual assault, commercial sex transaction, harassment or discrimination" against past or present WWE staff. Communications between McMahon and his accusers, including Grant, were also requested.

Grant filed a 67-page lawsuit against McMahon, WWE's former Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, and WWE itself on January 25, just days before the promotion's Royal Rumble event at St. Petersburg, Florida's, Tropicana Field. The following day, after one of WWE's key sponsors Slim Jim paused their involvement with the organization, McMahon tendered his resignation from TKO (WWE's parent company), where he was a board member and Executive Chairman. Slim Jim has since reactivated its partnership with WWE. Despite resigning, McMahon has denied the allegations and has vowed to clear his name. Meanwhile, Laurinaitis has claimed that he is also a victim in the McMahon case.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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