Dozens Accuse Wynn Resorts CEO of Sexual Misconduct2 years ago
A lawsuit broadly referenced Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn's "allegations of assault" in which he reportedly paid $7.5 million in a settlement to a former employee without telling his board.
The court documents for this lawsuit were redacted, leaving this 13-year-old case largely unnoticed by the media, until the Wall Street Journal dug a little deeper.
A Brief Summary of the Allegations Against Steve Wynn
In 2005, a manicurist who worked for Wynn Las Vegas arrived at an appointment at Steve Wynn's office, later, she returned to the on-site salon sobbing.
The manicurist told her colleagues that Wynn had forced her to have sex with him after finishing his manicure.
The manicurist account, as told by those close to her, is shocking. She reportedly told her colleagues that Wynn pressured her to take her clothes off and to lie on the massage table he kept in his office.
Steve Wynn is not just anyone, he is one of the most influential men in Vegas, and being on his black list could mean not being able to find a decent job in the state.
Still, she refused, citing her marriage, but he persisted with his demands until she disrobed against her wishes, not wanting to upset one of the most powerful men in Vegas, and he ultimately had sex with her.
Her manager filed a written report with HR, which resulted in a call from an executive telling her off for doing so. No one followed up on her report.
Wynn Responds and Other Allegations Come to Light
In a written statement to the journal, Steve Wynn said:
“The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous. We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits. It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”
While this could be a case of he-said-she-said solved by a billionaire throwing money at the problem, further research reveals a pattern of behavior that makes the manicurist's claims more believable.
The Wall Street Journal contacted over 150 of his current and former employees, many of whom recounted gut-wrenching stories of sexual harassment and exhibitionism.
The salon and spa employees opened up to the journal with anecdotes of Wynn exposing his genitals to them, inappropriately touching the staff, rubbing his genitals on them and requesting them to kiss, masturbate and/or to perform oral sex on him.
Wynn Resorts Ltd stock is already down 3.38 points since the news broke out and the Massachusetts gambling commissioners are looking into these allegations.
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