John Laurinaitis’s lawyer has revealed most upper management in WWE knew about Ashley Massaro’s serious allegations.
A lawsuit accusing Vince McMahon of some incredibly serious crimes was filed last month, in which former WWE employee Janel Grant claims she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by McMahon and trafficked to other employees. While the lawsuit has taken the allegations made against McMahon to an entirely new level, it’s not news to a lot of people. McMahon’s resignation in 2022 was brought about via the first wave of allegations, and now details from before then are beginning to surface.
Perhaps most notable among the topics being revisited is the case of Ashley Massaro. Massaro competed in WWE between 2005 and 2008. Years after her time with WWE ended, Massaro claimed that she had been raped while visiting a military base with WWE. Massaro also claims when telling McMahon what had happened, she was told not to tell anyone else so as to not damage the company’s standing with the US armed forces. Three years after making those claims, Massaro passed away, committing suicide at the age of just 39.
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Massaro’s case has resurfaced in light of the McMahon allegations due to comments made by John Laurinaitis’s lawyer, Edward Brennan to Vice. Despite prior claims that upper management in WWE didn’t know about Massaro’s allegations, Brennan has said otherwise.
Any allegations that Mr. Laurinaitus helped to cover up an alleged rape allegation is an outright lie… Johnny, like most upper level management at some time became aware of the allegations and ensured all proper WWE protocols were followed, including privacy for the alleged victim.
Brennan has been working overtime these last couple of weeks in an attempt to distance Laurinaitis from McMahon in all this as much as possible. Although Grant claims in the lawsuit that several employees were involved, Laurinaitis is the only other person named aside from McMahon. Brennan has claimed Launrinatis was also a victim of McMahon and not a predator as he is being accused.
Former WWE Superstar Paul London previously claimed Massaro was also a victim of McMahon’s sexual misconduct. London and Massaro dated while the two of them were working with WWE. Suffice to say, this whole tangled mess is only going to get worse before it gets better, and regardless of the outcome, it seems unlikely we will ever see McMahon directly connected to WWE ever again.