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Former WWE wrestler confirms Rita Chatterton’s allegations against Vince McMahon

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In a lengthy article in New York Magazine Written by the author of the upcoming Vince McMahon Unauthorized Biography, a former WWE wrestler confirms allegations of sexual harassment against McMahon by female referee Rita Chatterton.

WWE’s first female referee, Chatterton, also spoke to writer Abraham Rissman, but did not want to go into details about what allegedly happened in the limo on the night of July 1986. This was his first interview after 1992.

In a 1992 appearance on Geraldo Rivera’s daytime talk show, she accused McMahon of raping her in a 1986 limo, but because the statute of limitations had expired, no charges could be brought against her.

Mario Mancini (Leonard Inzitari) became the first wrestler to speak on record and confirm the story, opting to speak to Reisman now due to McMahon’s current day issues, including a special committee of the WWE Board of Directors on allegations of abuse. Investigating them. ,

Mancini and Chatterton have known each other since the early 1980s as they trained together at a wrestling school. She claimed that Chatterton took her aside before the 1986 WWF house show and burst into tears describing what happened inside the limo, in which McMahon forced her to face off before pulling her over for sex. forced to have sex.

From the article:

“Inzitari does not use the word rape Talking about what happened. But he describes something that sounds like the traditional definition of that word.

“Was she taken advantage of? Absolutely,” says Inzitaari. “Was she scared to death? Absolutely. Did she want to do this? Probably not.”

Chatterton said she wanted to talk to McMahon about her future and finding full-time employment. After McMahon said she didn’t want to discuss it at the big dinner she and the others were at, she suggested they go to a diner and talk privately. While sitting outside in his car, he saw her in his limo and suggested they talk there as he was tired. The limo driver was not present at that time.

Reisman wrote, “She refused to describe to me the specifics of what happened next” and then elaborated on what she had said in two separate performances with Rivera.

McMahon reportedly said that in order for Chatterton to get the $500,000/year deal he mentioned earlier, he “must have to satisfy him.” That’s when he allegedly forced her to do the above acts or was blackballed from the industry.

She initially did not tell her story because of the fear that her elderly parents would face health issues due to stress. His passing followed when Chatterton decided to go public.

The then-WWF declined to comment on the allegations at the time as they were dealing with their many other well-documented scandals. However, he and his wife Linda sued Chatterton, Rivera and several production people and former wrestler David Schultz, claiming they were all part of a conspiracy against McMahon. The suit was eventually dropped.

Chatterton is also now speaking out because of the latest controversial McMahon headlines.

“He wouldn’t pay for what he did to me,” she says. But he is happy that allegations of hiding money are coming to the fore. “Now this girl has come forward,” Chatterton says of the paralegal, whose friend sent the initial emails to the WWE board, “and I’m sure others will come forward. Because we’re not the only two. My mind I have no doubt about it.”

Chatterton pauses and thinks for a second. She laughs a little.

“As far as wrestling is concerned, I think I’m first in a lot of things,” she says. “As far as I know, I’m the first to come across this whole issue with how badass he is.”

Injitaari, too, sees storm clouds ahead for his one-time employer.

“I’ll tell you why I’m getting on the bandwagon now,” the former wrestler tells me. “There’s worse stuff.”

While he temporarily stepped down as WWE CEO and chairman during the investigation, McMahon remains active as head of creative and most recently appeared on WWE Raw and SmackDown.

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