Inside Vince McMahon’s biggest WWE scandals after ‘he paid $12million in hush money over sexual misconduct allegations’

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Inside Vince McMahon’s biggest WWE scandals after ‘he paid $12million in hush money over sexual misconduct allegations’

VINCE McMahon has been plagued with scandals over the years, including allegedly paying $12million in hush money to four women. The revelation

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VINCE McMahon has been plagued with scandals over the years, including allegedly paying $12million in hush money to four women.

The revelation comes as the former head of the wrestling empire has been at the center of misconduct allegations for decades.

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Vince McMahon, the former head of the wrestling empire WWE, has been the center of misconduct allegations for decades[/caption]

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McMahon is seen walking out of the courtroom in 1994 after a trial over alleged distribution of steroids to the wrestlers he employed at the time[/caption]

Last month, McMahon stepped down as the CEO of WWE after nearly 40 years as its leader. The announcement came after The Wall Street Journal reported that McMahon paid almost $3million to a woman to hide their affair.

New reports have surfaced that allege the former CEO paid $12million to four women over the past 16 years to cover up their relationships.

However, this isn’t the first time McMahon has been in the spotlight for personal reasons.

STEROIDS TRIAL

In 1994, McMahon stood trial for his alleged distribution of steroids to the wrestlers he employed at the time.

If convicted, McMahon could have faced up to 11 years in prison and paid a $1.5million fine.

The 18-day trial included infamous testimony from Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, the Ultimate Warrior, Rick Rude, Big John Studd, and others.

Sports Illustrated reported that in 1994, McMahon was victorious in court.

Last July, it was announced that WWE was partnering with Blumhouse Television to develop a scripted TV series to depict this time in McMahon’s life.


MONTREAL INCIDENT

Former WWE wrestler Bret Hart and McMahon had an infamous public falling out in 1997.

Hart, a former champion, knocked out McMahon in a dressing room after the former chairman ordered referee Earl Hebner to call the match for Hart’s opponent.

Later, Hart worried that the altercation would remove his legacy with WWE.

“Nobody would see those tapes anymore, or those matches and my history would be erased to a certain degree, and that bothered me because I worked so hard and gave so much in my matches,” Hart said during an episode of Confessions of The Hitman, as quoted by WrestlingInc.

Hart and McMahon reconciled 12 years later at WrestleMania 26.

OWEN HART’S DEATH

Owen Hart died in 1999 at age 34 after participating in a stunt for WWE, falling 78 feet to his death.

Bleacher Report shared that the Hart family sued WWE for a wrongful death lawsuit, and the company counter-sued. Both parties settled out of court.

The same outlet reported that Hart disapproved of this stunt but was still required to do it.

Longtime WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt told CBS Sports in a statement that Vince took responsibility for Hart’s death in court-ordered mediation while offering a settlement.

The Hart family eventually received a $18million settlement over the wrestler’s death, CBS Sports and other outlets reported.

‘RACIST’ MOMENTS IN WWE

When WWE Network sold its content to NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock, the company began reviewing the content and removing “racist” moments WWE filmed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One moment that was reportedly removed was when McMahon said the N-word to former WWE wrestler John Cena.

The 2005’s Survivor Series 19 clip involved McMahon in his corporate villain persona.

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Hollywood Reporter indicated that a WWE spokesperson defended McMahon at the time in a statement to TMZ, saying it was “an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies.”

Fans of the company shared other moments NBCUniversal should consider removing on social media.

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Bret Hart famously lost the WWE Title in the Montreal Screwjob before he left for Vince McMahon’s rivals WCW[/caption]

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