WWE’s first female referee who claimed she was raped by former chairman Vince McMahon in the 1980s has revealed new details about the incident amid a slew of new allegations against the wrestling boss.
Rita Chatterton, who became a licensed wrestling referee in New York in 1984, previously accused McMahon of forcing himself on her in a limo during a 1992 interview with Geraldo Rivera.
His claims have been corroborated by former professional wrestler Leonard Inzitari in a new report from New York Magazine – which also delved into what led to the heartbreaking encounter nearly four decades ago.
“He promised me half a million dollars a year,” she told the outlet in the story on Monday, referring to the contract offer McMahon extended over the phone after his debut at television with the then-WWF in January 1985.
McMahon, whose father started the WWF, had called Chatterton to say he was “impressed” with her work and wanted her to go “full time”, but had a warning for her, said she told New York Magazine.
“Stay clean,” he said, according to Chatterton.
“I don’t want to see you messing around with any of the wrestlers. You stay professional.
The wrestling mogul also told Chatterton she’d be on the cover of magazines like Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens and Time, so she quit her job as a delivery driver at Frito-Lay and started wrestling full force. time. But the relationship soured when the young referee tried to follow – and McMahon allegedly raped her in July 1986.
During her interview with New York Magazine, Chatterton declined to go into specifics, but Inzitari, a longtime friend of the company, corroborated her story for the first time since the allegations were made.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Inzitari told the outlet.
“She was a wreck. She was shaking. She cried.”
Inzitari, whose stage name was Mario Mancini, said shortly after the incident that he found Chatterton standing alone near the wrestling ring and when she saw him, she burst into tears and told him that she was in McMahon’s limo when he “took her penis”. out.”
“He kinda pushed my head there, and I made it known that I wasn’t interested in doing that,” Inzitari recalled, having told Chatterton to him.
“So, [McMahon] shot me at him,” she told Inzitari and soon, “He was inside her.
Chatterton told the outlet that the attack happened after she asked McMahon to discuss her career and he told her to meet her at a restaurant after the show.
Later, while seated at a “big round table” with a dozen other people, Chatterton brought up her career but McMahon told her to shut up, she told the outlet.
“[He] put his finger to his mouth, in a shh sign,” she recalls.
“When I come out of the women’s room, McMahon is standing there…and he’s like, ‘I don’t want to talk to you about your career in front of all these people, because it’s none of their business. “”
He suggested the two go to another restaurant down the street, but when she left the restaurant, McMahon said he was tired and asked to speak inside his limo.
“It will only take 10 minutes,” he reportedly said.
During her interview with Rivera, Chatterton claimed that McMahon then unzipped her pants and orally raped her.
“Vince went on, you know, ‘If you want a half-million-dollar contract, you’re going to have to satisfy me, and that’s the way it’s got to be,'” she told the era.
“Vince grabbed my hand, kept trying to put my hand on him. I was afraid. In the end my wrist was all purple, black and blue. Things just didn’t… He just… God, he just didn’t stop. This man just didn’t stop.
Chatterton told Rivera that McMahon asked how his daughter planned to go to college and replied “Of course she doesn’t have to go to college.”
“I was forced to have oral sex with Vince McMahon. When I couldn’t fulfill his wishes, he got very angry, started ripping my jeans off, pulling me on him and told me again that if I wanted a half a million dollar a year contract, that I had to fulfill it, he could make me or break me, and if I didn’t fulfill him, I was black- ball, that was it, I was done,” she told Rivera.
Speaking to New York Magazine, Chatterton recalled what McMahon said after the attack was over.
“One of the things that sticks with me, and always will…is that after he finished doing his business, he looked at me and said, ‘Do you remember when I told you not to play with the wrestlers? Well, you just did,” she recalled.
After the attack, Chatterton told New York Magazine that she went to the restroom in the restaurant and “cried my heart out” before going home and taking a “five o’clock shower.”
Although she contacted an attorney in hopes of holding McMahon accountable, she ultimately decided against it.
“It turned out to be my word against McMahon’s because I took a shower and didn’t go to the hospital,” she said.
“I was scared… He was powerful. It was going to be him on me.
When Chatterton first told his story to Rivera in 1992, WWE was already in the midst of numerous scandals and his claims were buried in noise. Soon she gave up wrestling completely and became a youth counselor.
Earlier this month, McMahon was accused of paying millions of dollars in silent money to an employee he had an affair with, which led to his resignation as CEO and Chairman of WWE. .
The new demands are what inspired Chatterton and Inzitari to speak out after so long.
“I’m sure others will come forward. Because we are not the only two. There’s no doubt in my mind about that,” Chatterton told the outlet.
“When it comes to wrestling, I guess I’m the first in a lot of things…As far as I know, I’m the first to say what a bastard he is.”
Inzitari, who has avoided speaking negatively about McMahon in the past, agreed.
“I’ll tell you why I’m jumping on the bandwagon now,” he said.
“It gets worse than that.”
WWE did not return a request for comment.