WWE titan agrees to multi-million dollar settlement with ex-referee, who accused him of rape

WWE titan Vince McMahon ‘has agreed to multi-million dollar settlement with ex-referee who accused him of raping her in 1986’ – after paying $19.5M to other women he had affairs with or harassed

  •  Vince McMahon, 77, agreed to the multimillion dollar payout last month
  •  Chatterton demanded $11.75 million in damages
  •  The amount reached is unknown, but is reportedly less than that initial number
  •  McMahon’s lawyer, Jerry McDevitt said his client ‘denies and always has denied   raping Ms. Chatterton …he settled the case solely to avoid the cost of litigation’
  •  The WWE was forced to reveal two additional hush-money payments worth $5   million to women in 2007 and 2009 in a revised SEC filing
  •  The sum brings the total amount paid by McMahon to allegedly silence women   who accused him of sexual misconduct to $19.5 million

WWE titan Vince McMahon has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with ex-referee who had accused him of raping her in 1986 to avoid costly litigation, according to a source.

McMahon, the executive chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., agreed to the settlement last month and is now set to dole out millions to his accuser, Rita Chatterton – the WWE’s first female referee – who claimed McMahon had raped her on July 16, 1986 after she refused to perform oral sex in his limousine.

Chatterton demanded $11.75 million in damages in November. The amount that was reached in the settlement is unknown but is reportedly less than that initial number, The Wall Street Journal reported.

McMahon’s lawyer, Jerry McDevitt said his client ‘denies and always has denied raping Ms. Chatterton … he settled the case solely to avoid the cost of litigation.’

The WWE was forced to reveal two additional hush-money payments worth $5 million to women in 2007 and 2009 in a revised SEC filing. The sum brings the total amount paid by McMahon to allegedly silence women who accused him of sexual misconduct to $19.5 million. 

WWE titan Vince McMahon (pictured) has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with ex-referee who had accused him of raping her in 1986 -which he has vehemently denied- and settled to avoid costly litigation, sources familiar with the agreement reveal

WWE titan Vince McMahon (pictured) has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with ex-referee who had accused him of raping her in 1986 -which he has vehemently denied- and settled to avoid costly litigation, sources familiar with the agreement reveal

Rita Chatterton (pictured) whose stage name was Rita Marie during the 1980s, was the first female referee in the WWE and possibly professional wrestling history. Chatterton claimed McMahon had raped on July 16, 1986 after her after she refused to perform oral sex in his limousine

Rita Chatterton (pictured) whose stage name was Rita Marie during the 1980s, was the first female referee in the WWE and possibly professional wrestling history. Chatterton claimed McMahon had raped on July 16, 1986 after her after she refused to perform oral sex in his limousine

McMahon, 77, a majority owner in the company, stepped down as the company’s CEO in July amid the misconduct but, told fans he was retiring. His daughter Stephanie McMahon had taken on the leadership role in her father’s absence. 

Chatterton, whose ring name was Rita Marie during the 1980s, was the first female referee in the WWF and possibly professional wrestling history, Fandom reported.

When Chatterton came forward April 3, 1992 and went public with the allegations accusing the wrestling heavyweight of wrongdoing, there had been no charges filed against him when the incident first happened, and the time since the rape statute of limitations had already expired.

In June 2022, Chatterton made the allegations again during a New York Magazine interview and by November a letter was sent by her attorney John Clune to McMahon’s representative requesting compensation in early November.

He said Chatterton ‘has experienced years of persistent depression, substance abuse, disordered eating, reduced income, and generally a decreased quality of life,’ according to the letter, which stated that the repercussions of McMahon’s claimed conduct were ‘hard to overstate,’ Sportsmanor reported.  

Chatterton claimed that in order for to get a $500,000 contract with WWE, McMahon made her do sexual favors for him, the news outlet reported. 

In June, The Wall Street Journal revealed that McMahon had made four hush settlement payments to women who had accused him of sexual misconduct.

The wrestling titan has declined to publicly address the settlements, but Chatterton’s settlement follows one made in 2018 for $7.5 million settlement with a former wrestler who alleged that he coerced her into giving him oral sex.

In addition to a 2022 agreement in which McMahon agreed to pay $3 million to a former WWE employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, The Wall Street Journal previously reported. 

McMahon has declined to publicly address the settlements, but the company previously said it was cooperating with a board inquiry into the payments and taking the claims seriously.

McMahon returned as the company’s executive chairman this month and changed the company‚Äôs bylaws to give him greater authority over its operations to pursue a possible sale, the news outlet reported./

ita Chatterton - the WWE's first female referee - who claimed McMahon had raped her on July 16, 1986 after she refused to perform oral sex in his limousine. Chatterton demanded $11.75 million in damages in November. The amount that was reached in the settlement is unknown but is reportedly less than that initial number, The Wall Street Journal reported

ita Chatterton – the WWE’s first female referee – who claimed McMahon had raped her on July 16, 1986 after she refused to perform oral sex in his limousine. Chatterton demanded $11.75 million in damages in November. The amount that was reached in the settlement is unknown but is reportedly less than that initial number, The Wall Street Journal reported

Rita Marie Chatterton (center with stripes) Leonard Inzitari 'Mario Mancini' (behind right) Robert Altomare and Tony Altimore (left) and Dave Barbie, A.J. Pertuzzi, Tony Petrucci - was the first female referee for the WWE during the 1980s

Rita Marie Chatterton (center with stripes) Leonard Inzitari ‘Mario Mancini’ (behind right) Robert Altomare and Tony Altimore (left) and Dave Barbie, A.J. Pertuzzi, Tony Petrucci – was the first female referee for the WWE during the 1980s 

Vince McMahon sits next to his daughter Stephanie McMahon (pictured center) and Triple H  attend the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stephanie took over as CEO when her father stepped down in July amid allegations of misconduct

Vince McMahon sits next to his daughter Stephanie McMahon (pictured center) and Triple H  attend the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stephanie took over as CEO when her father stepped down in July amid allegations of misconduct 

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