Vince McMahon steps down as WWE CEO while the company investigates alleged misconduct
World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon is stepping aside away from the business side of the wrestling company while an investigation is conducted into an alleged hush-money payment to cover up ...... misconduct, the WWE and its board of directors announced Friday.
McMahon has run the company
for 40 years after taking over for his father in 1982, when it was known as the World Wrestling Federation.
He'll still maintain control of the WWE's creative output during the investigation, and the company announced he'd appear on Friday night's episode of
"I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the Special Committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation.
I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are," McMahon said in the company's statement.
The Wall Street Journal
reported on Wednesday that the board was investigating a $3 million payout made to a woman to cover up an alleged consensual ... between a WWE paralegal and McMahon, who has faced accusations of ........ misconduct in the past.
The newspaper reported that the board's investigation uncovered several other nondisclosure agreements reached in relation to other misconduct
claims against McMahon and Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis by women who worked for WWE.
Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon's daughter and a WWE executive since 2006, will take over as CEO and chair of the board of directors in his absence.
The company said that in addition to investigating the allegations against McMahon and Laurinaitis, it also would hire an outside company to review the company's human resources department and overall culture