The presiding Judge in the continuing lawsuit regarding WWE’s alleged lack of protection to their performers has ruled that WWE Executive Stephanie McMahon-Levesque is to be deposed.
The lawsuit is being brought against the company by former WWE wrestler Vito Lo Grasso and former WWE developmental talent Evan Singleton, and centers around concussions, CTE and other head-trauma related injuries.
WWE have argued against Stephanie being a part of the deposed, citing that the Plaintiffs had not shown any legitimate reason for her to be included, given the list of others that had been made readily available.
However, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant has ruled against WWE, saying:
WWE made Levesque available previously to testify before Congress on issues related to the safety of its wrestlers. Although the Court rejected Plaintiff’s fraudulent misrepresentation claims on the basis of that testimony, WWE has not demonstrated that Levesque is not an appropriate deponent on the issues of whether WWE had a duty, and whether that duty was breached, to disclose knowledge of long term health risks caused by repeated head trauma. The parties are ordered to work cooperatively to schedule a deposition based on the witness’ availability, which may be conducted up to fourteen days after the current discovery deadline.
WWE doctor Chris Amann, and former WWE wrestler and CTE expert Christopher Nowinski are also set to be deposed. Nowinski currently heads the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
The head of WWE’s Wellness Policy, Dr. Joseph Maroon was deposed last week, however, Attorneys for Lo Grasso and Singleton are pushing for his continued deposition. WWE have argued against this.