Vince McMahon’s Lawyers Contest Janel Grant’s Request to Remove Prior Remark

Vince McMahon’s legal team has filed a memorandum opposing Janel Grant’s motion to strike McMahon’s request for arbitration. This legal action comes as part of the ongoing lawsuit filed by Grant against McMahon and others in January, which alleges sexual assault and trafficking. McMahon’s legal team argues that the statements in question provide relevant context to the Motion to Compel Arbitration and that Grant’s motion to strike is “meritless and the height of hypocrisy.”

The memorandum includes references to private sexual text messages between the parties, which were initially disclosed in Grant’s complaint but only included her responses to McMahon’s messages. McMahon’s legal team suggests that these messages show that the relationship was consensual and that Grant was often the initiator. Furthermore, it is claimed that Grant’s initial complaint did not include her responses to McMahon’s texts, which the defense believes was done to create a distorted picture of their interactions.

The defense also highlights that McMahon no longer possesses these text messages, having deleted them when the relationship ended. They argue that the motion to strike is an attempt to silence McMahon’s ability to respond to Grant’s allegations. The legal battle continues, with both sides presenting their arguments in court filings, indicating that this case may go on for a long time.

From the court document:

Plaintiff’s Motion to Strike is meritless and the height of hypocrisy. Having falsely accused Defendant in a public forum, despite an obligation to arbitrate, in an inflammatory 67- page Complaint that completely disregards the mandate of Rule 8(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff now seeks to strike the Preliminary Statement of the Memorandum of Law in Support of Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration (Dkt. No. 30-1) on the purported basis that it is too “inflammatory.” Plaintiff fails to demonstrate, nor could she based on the standard, that this Court should use its “inherent power”—a power that must be exercised with restraint and discretion—to strike a preliminary statement providing context to a motion to compel arbitration. In addition, motions made under Rule 12(f), on which Plaintiff relies, are rarely granted and the Rule is inapplicable here because Defendant’s Preliminary Statement is contained in its Memorandum of Law, which is not a pleading. Even if the Court were to invoke its inherent power and even if Rule 12(f) were somehow applicable, the Motion should be denied as the Preliminary Statement, including the pertinent factual statements within it, provides relevant context to the Motion to Compel Arbitration.

Plaintiff chose to violate the Parties’ explicit agreement to “preserve the confidential and private nature” of any dispute that may arise by commencing this lawsuit. Ignoring her obligations to keep the nature of their relationship or the dispute private, the Complaint unnecessarily includes private sexual text messages from Defendant without including any of Plaintiff’s responses to those texts—responses which are equally and often more aggressive and provocative than Defendant’s communications and show not only that the relationship was consensual, but also that in many instances the Plaintiff was the initiator. Indeed, while Defendant no longer is in possession of the text messages between the Parties as he deleted them when he broke off the relationship, the discovery in this case will show that Plaintiff sent him sexually explicit images of herself and texted him to say, among other things:
o That she was in love with him and he was the love of her life;
o That he was her best friend;
o That she wanted to have sex with him and providing graphic detail;
o That she fantasized about being held down, enjoyed being in pain, and wanted
rough sex;
o That she wanted Defendant to watch her have sex with other people and know about
her sex with others;
o That she wanted Defendant to give her thousands of dollars for clothes, plastic
surgery, and other gifts;
o That she wanted to have a future with Defendant even after signing the Agreement;
o That she wanted Defendant to keep living in the same building, so she could
continue to see him, even after signing the Agreement.

Plaintiff sent messages like this to Defendant through the entire duration of their relationship— including through the time they signed the Agreement in January 2022. Plaintiff presumably still has all of these text messages but she did not include them in her publicly filed Complaint because she wanted to paint a distorted, false picture It is indeed astonishing that after filing her highly salacious Complaint which omitted the truth about her own conduct, Plaintiff now takes issue with purported “mudslinging” and “vicious falsehoods attacking [one’s] moral character” in Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration. (Dkt. Nos. 31 at 1; 31-1 at 3, 4.) Plaintiff cannot have it both ways, and her Motion should be denied for these reasons and those set forth herein.

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