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WWE legal counsel responds to former wrestler’s ‘phony’ allegation about Saudi Arabia trip

Federal court filings brought the story of WWE’s chaotic, controversial return home from Saudi Arabia back into the conversation.

Now, WWE’s outside legal counsel, Jerry McDevitt at K&L Gates, has issued a statement to Forbes which outlines the company’s response to the investor lawsuit. McDevitt specifically addresses the testimony of “confidential witness 2 (CW2)”, a wrestler who was contracted with WWE from 2012 until April of this year and was involved in the post-Crown Jewel travel situation.

“These false allegations were originally made in two suits filed by two different law firms.

“After the Court appointed a third firm to be lead counsel, WWE provided all three law firms with specific detailed facts from the persons with actual knowledge of the situation, including the phony allegation about the plane. The first two law firms then dropped their lawsuits to avoid sanction motions, but the third firm chose to ignore the specific facts they had been provided, and instead cited an unnamed disgruntled former wrestler with no knowledge of the facts. WWE is preparing its response to the lawsuit and will be moving to have it dismissed.”

While it’s extremely unlikely we’ll ever know the truth about what happened last fall, I know this... I wouldn’t want to mess with Jerry McDevitt.

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