John Laurinaitis’ attorney Edward Brennan has refused the allegation that his client helped cover up an alleged rape on Ashley Massaro during a WWE tour in Kuwait in a new story posted by VICE News.
Massaro is said to have been raped in 2006 after being injected with a paralyzing drug by someone who said was a U.S. Army doctor. Massaro reported the allegations to the top WWE execs, including Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis who were on the same tour, but was told not to talk about it.
“Any allegations that Mr. Laurinaitus helped to cover up an alleged rape allegation is an outright lie,” Brennan told VICE News. “Johnny, like most upper level management at sometime became aware of the allegations and ensured all proper WWE protocols were followed, including privacy for the alleged victim. We object to the use of the term cover up as no such plan or plot ever took place to hide or assist in the alleged rape.”
VICE also revealed that NCIS opened an investigation into Massaro’s allegations a month after she committed suicide in mid-2019. The investigation took six months and was wrapped up in January 2020 according to an NCIS spokesman but no information could be released unless it was through a Freedom of Information Act.
An in-depth look at Massaro’s claim and the aftermath can be read at VICE.com.