A woman accuses She was sexually assaulted by Vince McMahon In the back of a limousine nearly 40 years ago, the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO paid nearly $12 million, according to a report.
Rita Chatterton, 65, is the first female referee in WWE history. Initially she broke her silence In 1992 about the alleged rape.
McMahon has long denied the allegations.
Chatterton’s attorney, John Clune, wrote a demand letter to McMahon’s attorney on Nov. 3. According to The Wall Street Journal.
A legal expert who spoke to The Post said demand letters from lawyers seeking substantial compensation are often a precursor to a lawsuit.
In the letter, Clune sought $11.75 million in damages from McMahon. The consequences of McMahon’s alleged actions are “difficult to overstate,” he wrote.
Chatterton “suffered for years with persistent depression, substance abuse, disordered eating, loss of earnings and overall quality of life,” the letter said.
Chatterton alleged that McMahon demanded sexual favors from her as a condition of receiving a $500,000-a-year contract from WWE.
“He promised me half a million dollars a year,” she said Requested by New York Magazine Earlier this year.
Former pro wrestler Leonard Insidari told the magazine that Chatterton confided in him after he was allegedly raped in 1986.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Insidari told the store. “She was a wreck. She was shaking. She was crying.”
Insidari, who goes by the stage name Mario Mancini, said he saw Chatterton standing alone near the wrestling ring shortly after the alleged incident, and when he saw him, he burst into tears and said he was in McMahon’s limo. penis out.”
“He pushed my head down and I let him know I didn’t want to do it,” Insidari recalled Chatterton telling him, according to New York Magazine.
“Then, [McMahon] She pulled me over him,” she told Insidari.
Soon, according to Insidari, “he was into her.”
Clune declined comment when approached by The Post.
Meanwhile, an attorney for another woman, a former spa manager who alleges she was sexually assaulted by McMahon at a Southern California resort in 2011, has been in regular contact with McMahon’s longtime attorney Jerry McDevitt since July, the Journal reported. The journal reported that the incident had never been reported before.
The Post has reached out to McMahon for comment. He declined to comment when contacted by the Journal. The Post also reached out for comment to McDevitt, who did not respond to the Journal’s requests.
Both New York and California recently passed laws allowing sexual abuse victims a year to file legal claims beyond the statute of limitations, which began in January.
The contents of the demand letter from the spa manager’s lawyer have not been released.
“Yes, the demand letters received by McMahon typically precede lawsuits, especially when the amount sought is very significant,” Robert Freund, a Los Angeles-based attorney, told The Post.
“Since McMahon has said he will not pursue a settlement, the lawsuit is more likely.”
According to the Journal, McMahon told friends he would refuse to pay Chatterton and the former spa manager a settlement.
In July, McMahon announced his retirement as CEO and president of WWE after the company opened an investigation into alleged payments he made to several women.
McMahon has He is said to have regretted the decision to step down – he says is the result of bad advice from his inner circle.
The mogul now reportedly believes that had he remained CEO, the investigations would have run their course and he could have weathered the storm.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier this year McMahon allowed more than $12 million in payouts to several women In exchange for their silence on allegations of sexual abuse and infidelity.
McMahon, A temporary aloof in the beginning His daughter Stephanie McMahon and Nick Kahn replaced him as CEO last spring after it was revealed that he paid $3 million to a lawyer accused of having an affair.
Vince McMahon should continue to oversee WWE’s creative content while initially investigating the legal claims.
But the Journal reported that Vince McMahon agreed to pay a significantly larger sum of $12 million.
The four women — all previously associated with WWE — Vince signed contracts with McMahon that prevented him from discussing their relationship with himThe Journal previously reported citing people familiar with the contracts and documents it reviewed.
Vince McMahon has said he is cooperating with the company’s investigation.
Vince McMahon, His net worth reached $3.4 billionWhat was then known as the World Wrestling Federation was transformed from a fledgling small business into a global powerhouse generating $1 billion in revenue each year.
WWE has television deals with Fox and NBCUniversal and a long-standing partnership with A&E.