As accusations in opposition to Vince McMahon and the WWE proceed to pile up, VICE NEWS has obtained a beforehand unpublished assertion by former wrestler Ashley Massaro given earlier than her dying that claims McMahon preyed on feminine wrestlers and ended Massaro’s profession as a result of she rejected his sexual advances.
Attorneys collected the assertion as a part of a 2018 lawsuit filed by Konstantine Kyros and Erica Mirabella, attorneys who represented Massaro and dozens of different WWE wrestlers seeking to search damages associated to traumatic mind accidents sustained from wrestling. The attorneys collected statements from wrestlers throughout the WWE about their expertise with the group.
Massaro’s assertion was ultimately minimize from the ultimate affidavit as a result of it was not clearly related to the lawsuit principally centered on concussions.
“Our colleagues in the end determined we should always focus solely on the sexual assault and bodily in-ring accidents Ashley sustained,” Mirabella stated to VICE, “so I mentioned this with Ashley and he or she agreed that we might take away it, so it was deleted. We then finalized the affidavit, she signed it, and we submitted it to the court docket.”
Mirabella additionally famous that Massaro was “extraordinarily detailed, considerate, and thorough all through all the course of,” in accordance with VICE Information. Massaro died in 2019 of an obvious suicide.
The assertion from Massaro particulars McMahon “making out” with different feminine wrestlers within the locker room, harassing Massaro with repeated telephone calls late at night time, and ultimately tanking her profession with damaging promos after she rejected his sexual advances.
“On one among these events, Vince was making an attempt to get me alone with him in his resort room late at night time and I felt terribly uncomfortable,” Massaro stated in her assertion. “He started calling the resort room telephone and my mobile phone nonstop. I referred to as Kevin Dunn to elucidate the scenario and he stated I ought to inform Vince I used to be not feeling properly and would see him on TV the following day, so I did.”
After this second, in accordance with Massaro, McMahon took over writing her promos – one thing he doesn’t do for feminine wrestlers. In Massaro’s eyes, the promos had been particularly written “with the clear intention of ruining [her] profession.”
“I introduced the primary script Vince wrote for me to the WWE worker in control of Artistic on the time, Michael Hayes,” Massaro’s assertion learn, “and he stated, ‘you’re not saying this, who the [expletive] wrote this?’ and I instructed him that Vince did. He stated, ‘Properly child, these are the breaks,’ that means that Vince wished to finish my profession and destroy my repute on my method out.”
McMahon was also accused of protecting up Massaro’s alleged rape at a Kuwait navy base in a civil intercourse trafficking lawsuit. These allegations initially got here out in June 2019 however the investigation was closed in January 2020. In Massaro’s affidavit, longtime WWE manufacturing chief Kevin Dunn allegedly instructed Massaro “to not let one dangerous expertise wreck the work they had been doing,” referring to her talking out about her sexual assault. Dunn was unable to be reached for remark, and a lawyer stated to characterize McMahon didn’t reply to a request for remark.