Vice News has obtained a statement given to Ashley Massaro’s lawyers before her death which details McMahon’s alleged treatment of her and other female talent.
The statement was supposed to be part of Massaro’s sworn affidavit in a lawsuit but her legal team decided to omit it as it didn’t directly relate to her case.
Massaro died in 2019. Some media outlets reported that her death was a suicide but that was never officially confirmed.
“During my time with the WWE, I had observed Vince McMahon making-out with other divas in the locker room, but he never paid attention to me, and I assumed I was not his type. This changed after my Playboy cover was released,” her statement begins.
Massaro then details what she believes was an attempt by McMahon to manipulate her.
“On one of these occasions, Vince was attempting to get me alone with him in his hotel room late at night and I felt extraordinarily uncomfortable. He began calling the hotel room phone and my cell phone nonstop. I called Kevin Dunn to explain the situation and he said I should tell Vince I was not feeling well and would see him on TV the next day, so I did,” she stated.
Massaro explains that after she rebuffed his advances she believes McMahon began sabotaging her WWE career by personally writing her promos. He mentions speaking to Michael Hayes and also Kevin Dunn about the situation.
“The promos were written with the clear intention of ruining my career. I brought the first script Vince wrote for me to the WWE employee in charge of Creative at the time, Michael Hayes, and he said, ‘you’re not saying this, who the [expletive] wrote this?’ and I told him that Vince did. He said, ‘Well kid, these are the breaks,’ meaning that Vince wanted to end my career and destroy my reputation on my way out. He is known for this type of behavior and also did this to [REDACTED] upon her departure from WWE. In addition, after that night, each time I walk by him he would make vulgar sexual comments that were clearly designed to make me uncomfortable,” he stated.
Kevin Dunn oversaw the production of WWE broadcasts for forty-plus years and was one of Vince McMahon’s closest confidents. Former wrestler ‘Freebird’ Michael Hayes who is currently the WWE’s Vice President, Creative Writing & Booking and is their senior producer.
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