Vince McMahon Paid Off 1986 Referee Rape Settlement Last Month
By Jon Schaefer
WWE owner Vince McMahon left the company amid reports he paid off a number of women who accused the wrestling mogul of sexual assault. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that last month Vince paid for the silence of his first accuser.
In 1986 Rita Chatterton was the first WWE (then WWF) referee, a place in history the company does not recognize. Chatterton has claimed for nearly 40 years that McMahon forced the then 25-year-old referee to give him oral sex twice in his limousine before firing her.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Vince paid Chatterton an undisclosed number of millions of dollars in a settlement last month. Rita had been seeking $11.75 million dollars in damages, according to the letter received by McMahon’s lawyers in 2022.
It can be speculated that this settlement was made to ease the sale of WWE to a number of possible buyers, including the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund. The company is currently valued at nearly 7 billion dollars.