Off the cusp of Vince McMahon’s latest alleged sexual exploitation scandal, a new report reveals that WWE executives knew about the late Ashley Massaro’s sexual assault claims, despite denying it.
Report: Ashley Massaro’s Sexual Assault Claims
Former WWE star Ashley Massaro alleged in 2006 that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by members of the US Armed Forces and claimed abuse from ex-WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. This was during a WWE tour of Kuwait.
Following her suicide in 2019, the company denied any knowledge of this. Still, in the aftermath of the recent sex trafficking claims against McMahon, Massaro’s allegations have resurfaced.
Vice is reporting that John Laurinaitis’ attorney has confirmed ex-WWE executives, and “most” of upper management knew about Massaro’s allegations, despite denials. Laurinaitis’ confirmation of this corroborates Ferdinand Rios’ account of what happened.
More On Ashley Massaro’s Sexual Assault Claims
Rios was the former WWE doctor Massaro reported her sexual assault to. He has stated he reported the incident to WWE management.
Laurinaitis’ acknowledgment of Massaro’s SA claim comes as he tries to disassociate himself from the latest accusations coming from former WWE employee Janel Grant. He has confirmed many of her allegations. He’s also noted that he too, was a victim of McMahon’s actions.
The Vice report also notes that the Naval Criminal Intelligence Services launched an investigation into Massaro’s allegations. Still, there was no further information on what was found in Vice’s report.
As per B.J. Bethel, a journalist on X/Twitter, a WWE source has noted that the internal reaction to Ashley Massaro’s Vice report has been “Armageddon”. McMahon recently denied Janel Grant’s allegations but also resigned from his position at TKO Group Holdings and the WWE.
Stay tuned to WNZ, as events continue to unfold around this story.