WWE Executive Vince McMahon Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman In 2006
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Vince McMahon hasn't been around all that much in the WWE sphere over the last few years. He's made sporadic appearances here and there but certainly nowhere near the days of feuds with professional wrestlers - or faking his own death.
He recently made headlines for bringing back XFL, a professional American football league that previously had just one season back in 2001.
However, since returning to the spotlight, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the 72-year-old has been drawn into a sexual assault allegation. In 2006, a woman claimed she was groped by the former commentator at a tanning salon.
The Daily Beast reports police found 'probable cause' in the allegations and arrested McMahon for 'misdemeanour simple battery' - which was covered by media at the time.
The former chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment was never criminally charged with the incident, with prosecutors saying there wasn't enough independent evidence to support the woman's claims.
The alleged victim, who was 22 at the time, told police that McMahon bought 20 minutes of time inside the tanning salon. But just before he got started, he allegedly asked the woman to take a photo of him and then proceeded to show her nude and semi-nude photos of himself.
According to what the woman told Boca Raton Police Department, she informed McMahon his behaviour was inappropriate and left, but when his time was up, he followed her into a room, closed the door and tried to kiss her. The 22-year-old said he touched parts of her body and tried to lift up her shirt.
The woman eventually pushed him off and told police that after she rejected his advances, McMahon had claimed he was 'only trying to have some fun'.
The official police report claims the woman's employers didn't want her to alert the authorities, however she was convinced to come forward after a conversation with her parents.
Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office spokesman Mike Edmondson told the Daily Beast it was a tricky case to prosecute, saying: "The filing standard for the state is above and beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors have to file at a higher standard, which is proof above a reasonable doubt. It's a much different standard than probable cause.
"A misdemeanour that is not done in the presence of a law enforcement officer in Florida generally is not a prosecutable case unless there is a independent witnesses and or physical evidence as in photos - that kind of thing."
Sources: The Daily Beast