Department Of Justice Opens Investigation Into Vince McMahon And WWE

In January, former WWE employee Janel Grant came forward with an explosive lawsuit against ex-WWE owner Vince McMahon and former WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis that accused them of sexually assaulting and trafficking her. Shortly thereafter, McMahon resigned from WWE’s parent company TKO. And while the two sides have yet to meet in a court of law, the Department of Justice is now opening its own investigation into Grant’s claims.

Via Deadline, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District Of New York revealed to the federal court that McMahon, Laurinaitis, and WWE are the subjects of an official DOJ investigation. As a result, Grant’s lawsuit will now be on the backburner while the government pursues its own case.

“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 lawyer Ann Callis told Deadline. “We will cooperate with all appropriate next steps.”

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