Archive for August 2nd, 2010

Pedophile Accuser’s 1993 Complaint Against Linda McMahon’s Wrestling Company

I have uploaded an extremely crude copy of Tom Cole’s May 6, 1993, complaint in New York Supreme Court in Oneida County against World Wrestling Federation, Titan Sports, Inc. d/b/a Titan Sports Enterprises, Terry Garvin, Mel Phillips, and Pat Patterson.

The poor copy of the file, viewable at http://muchnick.net/colecomplaint.pdf, is caused by various conversions of second- or third-generation hard copies into an uploadable electronic format. I’ll try to get a better copy online if that becomes important.

Remember that Cole was on the verge of suing Linda McMahon’s company in early 1992 after alleging sexual harassment and abuse by three supervisors. Cole and WWF settled and he got his old job back. This filing documents a new complaint the following year after his relationship with McMahon and company soured again – a sequence of events chronicled in last Friday’s article at Politico.com, with commentary and further background at this blog.

Highlights of this 1993 complaint:

  • “WWF employed plaintiff as a ring-boy and set-up person from 1985 until February 1990. Promises which defendants Garvin and Phillips made to plaintiff that he would have career opportunities … induced plaintiff to forego academic education beyond the ninth grade.”
  • Cole alleged sexual harassment from Garvin, Phillips, and Patterson. Cole further alleged that he lost his job after rebuffing a sexual solicitation from Garvin.
  • On March 13, 1992, Cole’s lawyer of the time, Jacob D. Fuchsberg, presented Titan Sports with a summons and complaint listing these same claims. On April 8, 1992, Cole and WWF signed a settlement paying Cole $55,000 (“primarily representing back salary”), re-employing him, and providing him with “the opportunity to do ring announcing and, if qualified, be given regular ring announcing jobs.” In a companion agreement, Titan also paid Fuchsberg’s law firm $82,535.

Irv Muchnick

Politico Writer Touts Fuzzy WWE Pedophile Scandal Story As ‘Being Promoted by Both Linda McMahon and Dems’

On Twitter, Shira Toeplitz, a staff writer for Politico.com, has posted a link to the Linda McMahon company pedophile scandal story last Friday by Politico’s Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman.

Toeplitz tweets, “Interesting: both @linda4senate and Dems promoting this story about her WWE tenure.”

It’s the old “we must be doing something right if both sides are mad at us.” Or in this case, “if both sides think we did something useful.”

I think the Politicos did something useful, all right. But I also think they blew the story by shifting the focus, from the widespread and credible reports in 1992 of abuse of underage ring boys to how McMahon supposedly “put a decisive end to a scandal while rescuing its real victim.” (The “real victim,” presumably, was the World Wrestling Federation – now World Wrestling Entertainment – executive, Pat Patterson, who resigned in the midst of the scandal and was brought back five months later.)

The Politico reporters also omitted key known facts about Linda McMahon’s actions and her company’s tactics, which might alter the interpretation of WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt that the full story shows her intervention in the case constituted “a telling moment of compassion.”

Later today, when I have time to scan and upload it, I will post ring boy Tom Cole’s 1993 complaint against the McMahons in Oneida County (New York) court – after he was fired a second time.

Irv Muchnick

Another Connecticut Newspaper Editorial: ‘When People Die, It’s Not Just a Soap Opera’

The editorial pages of Connecticut newspapers continue to move in the direction of talking loudly and clearly about Linda McMahon’s accountability for systematic death in her pro wrestling industry. It’s a theme their news pages communicate, if at all, only out of the sides of their mouths.

Yesterday’s Norwich Bulletin editorialized that the McMahon Senate campaign “is based on her successful business career, the former CEO of a sleazy ‘entertainment’ business that exploits and degrades women, glorifies violence and is riddled with drug scandals. She refuses to deal with that honestly, instead dismissing it as ‘just a soap opera.’ When people die, it’s not just a soap opera.”

See “Our view: Only Simmons has knowledge, vision in GOP Senate primary,” http://www.norwichbulletin.com/Opinion/x1137366684/Our-view-Only-Simmons-has-knowledge-vision.

Irv Muchnick


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