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Former WWE diva Ashley Massaro’s tragic death unveils disturbing allegations and untold stories

The wrestling world was rocked by the untimely death of former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro on May 16th, 2019. As details emerged, it became clear that Ashley’s passing was shrouded in profound sorrow and troubling revelations.

Amidst the grief, Ashley’s lawyer revealed shocking details from an affidavit she had included in a lawsuit filed in 2016, shedding light on her harrowing experiences. Ashley alleged that she was sexually assaulted during the 2006 WWE Tribute to the Troops tour in Kuwait. Recounting the traumatic incident, she described being injected with an unknown substance by a man posing as a doctor and then assaulted while incapacitated.

Following the assault, Ashley disclosed the incident to WWE personnel, including Vince McMahon. However, instead of receiving the support she desperately needed, she was urged to keep the matter confidential. In her affidavit, Ashley recounted a meeting with WWE executives where she felt pressured to remain silent about the assault, fearing repercussions on the relationship between WWE and the US Military.

“Vince led the meeting with these men and asked me to recount what happened in Kuwait. Then he said it was not in the best interest of the WWE for me to make the information about my attack public. I was still completely traumatized at that point and I just agreed. It was clear that there had already been a conversation and that they had reached a decision on their own prior to consulting with me as this was not a debate but rather Vince instructing me to keep this confidential.”

WWE’s Response in 2019 to Ashley Massaro

In response to Ashley’s allegations, WWE vehemently denied any knowledge of the assault or involvement in a cover-up. They issued a statement asserting that at no point were they informed of such a heinous act. WWE maintained that they would have taken immediate action had they been made aware of the assault, emphasizing their commitment to the safety and well-being of their talent.

“At no time was there ever a meeting with Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn, John Laurinaitis or other company executives in which she told them of such a claim and was instructed to keep it quiet.”

John Laurinaitis’ version

John Laurinaitis is WWE’s former Head of Talent Relations. He refuted claims of his involvement in any cover-up, asserting his innocence in the matter. Through his lawyer, Laurinaitis maintained that he was a victim, not a predator, and vehemently denied any wrongdoing. However, ambiguity surrounds the timeline of when WWE executives became aware of Ashley’s allegations, raising questions about their response.

Naval Criminal Service Investigation

In the wake of Ashley’s allegations, the Naval Criminal Service launched an investigation, seeking to uncover the truth behind her claims. Despite extensive inquiries, the results of the investigation remain undisclosed, leaving many unanswered questions about the events that transpired during the WWE Tribute to the Troops tour.

Ashley Massaro and her previously unreleased claims

In a startling revelation, Ashley detailed encounters with Vince McMahon following the release of her Playboy magazine covers, alleging inappropriate advances and attempts to isolate her. She described McMahon’s efforts to control her career trajectory, including writing promos intended to tarnish her reputation. These allegations offer a troubling glimpse into the power dynamics within WWE.

What other former WWE employees have said

Former WWE Director of Security, Jimmy Newland, and wrestler Paul London echoed Ashley’s accounts, shedding light on the pervasive culture of exploitation and misconduct within WWE. Their testimonies underscore the urgent need for transparency and accountability within the wrestling industry.

As the wrestling community grapples with Ashley Massaro’s tragic death, her courage in speaking out against injustice serves as a powerful reminder of the systemic issues that continue to plague the industry. Moving forward, her legacy demands a renewed commitment to ensuring the safety and dignity of all wrestlers, fostering a culture of accountability and respect.

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