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The president of US wrestling and MMA resigned, accused of sexual assault

Vince McMahon, the president of the TKO Group holding company, which unites the American professional wrestling league (WWE) and the mixed martial arts (MMA) UFC, announced on Friday, January 27, his resignation after the a complaint against him with accusations of sexual assault.

Janel Grant, a former employee of WWE, where McMahon was the boss for four decades, filed a lawsuit on Thursday in a court in Connecticut (northeast) against the company and against McMahon, as well as against another manager , John Laurinaitis, for “sexual assault”, “exploitation” and “psychological violence”.

In a statement, Vince McMahon denied the allegations and announced his resignation from the TKO Group board.

“I intend to vigorously defend myself against the baseless accusations,” he said, and specified that his resignation would take “immediate effect.”

Grant accused McMahon of forcing her into an “intimate relationship,” sharing sexual photos and videos of her with male partners, and subjecting her to “increasingly unpleasant sexual demands,” including the intimate relationship with other men.

McMahon, 78, bought the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from his father in 1982, which he transformed into a successful league, making it in 2022 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

In 2022, when his company reached $1 billion in annual turnover, the businessman had to resign after accusations of extramarital affairs and also sexual harassment, cases marked by the signing of confidentiality agreements of several million dollars .

A few months later he returned to lead the company, and made the merger of WWE and UFC to create a new company that holds the name TKO Group.

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