Vince McMahon’s accuser agrees to pause the lawsuit at the request of the Department of Justice

Janelle Grant filed a lawsuit against the former WWE president in January.

Janelle Grant, the former WWE employee who sued McMahon and former WWE executive John Laurinaitis in January, has agreed to temporarily halt the lawsuit.

“Ms. Grant granted the United States Attorney’s request for the Southern District of New York to discontinue her case against Mr. McMahon, WWE and Mr. Laurinaitis, pursuant to a pending non-public investigation,” attorney Anne Callis said. Grant, he said in a statement to ABC News. “We will cooperate on all appropriate next steps.”

ABC News previously reported that McMahon was the subject of a federal investigation.

The investigation stems from accusations of sexual misconduct against McMahon by a number of women.

“At some point in the summer,” McMahon received a grand jury subpoena, referring to the summer of 2023, the sources said.

A Justice Department attorney working in the Southern District of New York filed four sealed articles in Grant’s civil case against McMahon. It is unclear what these elements say.

McMahon (78 years old) announced last January, shortly after the lawsuit was filed, that he would step down from his role as CEO of TKO and leave his place on the TKO board of directors. TKO Group Holdings was formed when World Wrestling Entertainment merged with Endeavor’s Ultimate Fighting Championship in April 2023.

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At the time he stepped down, he said in a statement: “I stand by my previous statement that Ms. Grant’s lawsuit is full of lies, fabricated obscenities that never happened, and is a vindictive distortion of the truth. I intend to do so.” “To vigorously defend myself against these baseless accusations, I look forward to clearing my name.”

McMahon led the WWE for decades, taking over the wrestling organization in 1982 from his father, Vincent J. McMahon, and building it from a regional promotion in the Northeast into a global company.

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