The board of wrestling-entertainment company WWE is investigating payments CEO Vince McMahon made to female personnel,  

some of whom claimed misconduct in opposition to McMahon and another WWE exec,  

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon 

that barred them from speaking out about the agreements, The Wall Street Journal first reported  on Wednesday.

The investigation started in April after the board got a tip about a $3 million payment to a now-former female worker that McMahon was allegedly having an affair with, as per The Journal.  

The agreement reportedly prohibits the employee, a paralegal at the time, from discussing the alleged affair. 

McMahon's attorney, Jerry McDevitt, instructed the Journal the paralegal hadn't claimed any harassment in opposition to McMahon and that "WWE did not pay any monies" to her.  

The board's investigation has also found older nondisclosure agreements with other former female employees worth millions of dollars,  

following misconduct claims they made against McMahon and WWE's talent relations chief, John Laurinaitis, the Journal reported.  

The WWE board hired an outside law corporation, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, to conduct the investigation, according to the Journal. 

Insider reached out to the company for comment, but did now no longer immediately hear back. 

Stephanie McMahon 

WWE had been in the spotlight recently after its chief brand officer, and McMahon's daughter, Stephanie McMahon,  

introduced last month that she'd be taking a leave of absense "from the majority" of her responsibilities at the company to focus on her family. 

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