In a statement released today to Slam Wrestling, the attorneys for John Laurinaitis are now also demanding that the Janel Grant lawsuit move to private arbitration.

“Defendant John Laurinaitis, by and through his undersigned attorneys, respectfully moves this Court for an order compelling arbitration of this matter,” stated the filing by Edward Brennan, Laurinaitis’ attorney.

In response to the change of strategy and court filing, Jessica Rosenberg, McMahon’s counsel, made this statement to Slam: “In January 2024, Ms. Grant, a 43-year-old with a law degree, who was in love with Mr. McMahon and devastated by their break-up, filed an outrageous and false lawsuit to ruin Mr. McMahon’s career and reputation.  Now, her false allegations are slowly unraveling. Today, Mr. Laurinaitis’ attorney confirmed his client will corroborate Mr. McMahon’s account and expose the lies within the Complaint.  Despite their intense efforts, Ms. Grant’s attorneys won’t be able to suppress the truth from coming out.”

Today’s filing is a notable shift by Laurinaitis and his team in the sense that Laurinaitis claimed previously he too was a victim of McMahon.

In February, Brennan told Vice: “Mr. Laurinaitis denies the allegations in the misguided complaint and will be vigorously defending these charges in Court, not the media. Like the Plaintiff, Mr. Laurinaitis is a victim in this case, not a predator. The truth will come out.”

Brennan also stated publicly in April: “I anticipate she (Janel Grant’s attorney Ann Callis) will ultimately see that Mr. Laurinaitis is, like her client, a victim in this case, and Judge Callis will do the right thing and dismiss my client from this lawsuit. In the event she does not, my client will clear his name and reputation in Court, not in the media.”