Chris Jericho has commented on the investigation currently underway into alleged “hush money” paid to a woman WWE owner Vince McMahon allegedly had an affair with.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal has indicated that Vince McMahon has paid over $12 million in “hush money” over the past 16 years to “suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity”, including a $7.5 million payment to a former WWE wrestler. Click here to see the full report.
AEW star Jericho was interviewed by True Geordie before the aforementioned second report came out, so remember that when you read the below transcription.
Jericho was asked whether he was surprised at the allegations, and if he thought Vince was going to be in trouble as a result.
It’s very important to reiterate that Jericho is addressing the first report of $3 million paid to a former paralegal. That report made no mention of potential sexual abuse or coercion like the second one did.
“Not really. Is it a surprise in any industry when it happens? When you look at it, it’s really not illegal. He had an affair, paid the lady off to not say anything, and moved on. It’s almost like, ‘Okay, and?’ People want to jump on it but there is still always an undertone of ‘it’s wrestling. Oh, it’s just wrestling,’ If you look, that story came out with a bang, and then you really haven’t heard anything about it since.
“If this was Hollywood, with Harvey Weinstein, that sort of thing…the difference between that is, he was holding women back for getting gigs, Harvey Weinstein. ‘Either bang me or you don’t get the starring role.’ This has never been said in Vince’s thing. It was a mutual acknowledgement of the affair, he paid the lady to say nothing, and she took the money. I really know Vince well and it sucks that happened, it sucks that he did it, but is anything really going to happen from it? I don’t think so.”
Since the initial report was published, Vince McMahon has appeared on WWE several times, something Jericho is completely unsurprised by.
“That’s Vince McMahon. I think it’ll come and go. Is it morally right? Absolutely not. Is it illegal? No. Is it something that is going to get him into real trouble? I don’t think so. Once again, unfortunately, ‘Oh, it’s just Vince McMahon, it’s just wrestling, of course he’s going to do that.’ Those things come and go, they happen, it’s too bad, but I really think it doesn’t matter in the long run. Six months from now, I’ll either be right or I’ll be wrong.”
McMahon remains under investigation, and we will bring any further updates when they become available.
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Credit to Fightful for the transcription.
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