McMahon resignation gains mainstream news coverage worldwide

Vince McMahon’s resignation yesterday amid serious sexual misconduct allegations crossed over into mainstream news this weekend as major outlets around the world have reported the story.

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Vince McMahon’s resignation yesterday amid serious sexual misconduct allegations crossed over into mainstream news this weekend as major outlets around the world have reported the story.

With varying degrees of emphasis on the allegations that McMahon faces, notable newspapers, websites, and broadcast news organizations have run with the story.

In the US, the outlet that broke two major stories about non-disclosure payments to former WWE employees, the Wall Street Journal, noted (paid content):

The announcement followed a report in the Journal that Mr. McMahon had agreed to pay a secret $3 million settlement to a former employee with whom he had allegedly had a sexual affair.

The Journal later reported that Mr. McMahon had agreed to pay more than $12 million in hush money settlements over the previous 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity. 

Those payments went to four women, including a former wrestler to whom McMahon agreed to pay $7.5 million in 2018 after she alleged he had coerced her into performing oral sex.

Other notable news organizations to cover the story in the US include:

In Canada, mainstream outlets to cover the story include The Toronto Star and CBC.

In the UK, the BBCSky News, and The Guardian are among the major organizations to carry the story. Irish state broadcaster RTÉ also reported McMahon’s departure.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation also reports the story, as does 1 News in New Zealand.

While much of the reporting was original, many outlets used or repurposed copy supplied by international news agencies including Reuters and the Associated Press.

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