Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), has agreed to a multi-million dollar legal settlement with a former referee who accused him of rape.
The referee, who has chosen to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit against McMahon in 2018, alleging that he had sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s. The lawsuit claimed that McMahon had forced her to perform sexual acts against her will and that he had threatened her with physical harm if she did not comply.
The lawsuit was initially dismissed by a federal judge in 2019, but the referee appealed the decision and the case was sent back to the lower court.
McMahon and the referee have now reached a settlement, with McMahon agreeing to pay the referee an undisclosed sum of money. The settlement also includes a non-disclosure agreement, meaning that the details of the settlement will remain confidential.
The settlement comes after a long and contentious legal battle between the two parties. The referee had initially sought $50 million in damages, but the amount was later reduced to $10 million.
The settlement is a victory for the referee, who had accused McMahon of using his power and influence to silence her. The settlement also serves as a reminder that no one is above the law, regardless of their wealth or status.
McMahon has denied the allegations of rape and has maintained his innocence throughout the legal proceedings. He has also stated that he is pleased to have reached a settlement and that he hopes the matter can now be put to rest.
The settlement is a reminder that sexual assault is a serious crime and that victims should not be afraid to come forward and seek justice. It is also a reminder that those accused of such crimes should be held accountable for their actions.