Nevada game regulators move to get Steve Wynn, the casino mogul credited with shaping the Las Vegas Strip as it is known today and accused of committing sexual sexual abuse against its employees, formally declared unfit to have a state gaming license.
On Monday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint alleging that Wynn "is not a person of good character, honesty and / or integrity" who is "unfit to be associated with a gaming company or the gaming industry as a whole. The complaint cites numerous allegations that Wynn harassed sexually dependent employees for his livelihood and covered it through confidential, sometimes multimillion-dollar settlements.
"Mr. Wynn has repeatedly violated Nevada's gaming statutes and regulations and dissatisfied the state of Nevada and its gaming industry, "the complaint states, adding that the conduct and media attention that followed" hurt public confidence and confidence in an industry important to the state of Nevada and the general welfare of its citizens. "
The Nevada Gaming Control Board also asks the Nevada Gaming Commission to impose a financial fine on Wynn for each of the five counts listed in the complaint, including his refusal to appear in person at an investigative hearing scheduled for September. In Nevada's two-tier casino regulatory system, the commission has "full and absolute power" to revoke any finding that a person is fit to hold a casino license in the state.
Declaring Wynn unfit for a license would be the last ripple effect in a spectacular fall from grace that began almost two years ago. Wynn left his post as chairman and CEO of the company that bears his name, and Wynn Resorts was assessed a $ 20 million fine ̵
The complaint notes that Wynn did not appear at an investigative hearing held by the Regulatory Board in September last year to sue the allegations. State law gives both the Gaming Control Board and the Gaming Commission the power to issue subpoenas and to "force the presence of witnesses."
According to the complaint, Wynn's attorneys said he would not appear in person for the hearing, stating that he was no longer a "good faith rights holder" and that because he had hired attorneys to pursue defamation proceedings related to the unwelcome sexual conduct requirements , Wynn "cannot reasonably be expected to waive any of his privileges except at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum."
In his complaint, the Board wrote that Wynn's refusal to appear at the September hearing "impeded" the Board's to perform their duty and deprived them of "material information and testimony required to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."
In January 2018, the Wall Street Journal published a story that claimed Wynn had used his power and influence o sexually abusive employees, including interviews with several people who described “behaviors that cumulatively will constitute a decade-long pattern ster of sexual abuse ”by Wynn.
Although he vehemently denied the allegations at the time, Wynn publicly resigned as CEO of his namesake casino company, Wynn Resorts, in February 2018. The company was later fined for not "initiating and / or conducting an investigation "on allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against Wynn.
The complaint describes the findings of the board's own, seven-month probe into Wynn's conduct, concluding that Wynn's conduct "did not comply with good character and constitutes a threat to the public interest of the State of Nevada."
"The evidence from the investigation, a pattern of Mr Wynn proving irresponsible to engage in sexual behavior with subordinate employees, which although consensual as maintained by Mr. Wynn, is oblivious to the importance t power imbalance between the CEO of a major gaming company and subordinate employees depending on Mr. Wynn's approval for continued employment, "the complaint states.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission initiated its own investigation of the company – which planned to open a casino in Everett, Massachusetts – and was fined Wynn Resorts $ 35 million in April 2019.
In September, nine women working at Wynn Resorts sued the company as manicurists and makeup artists, claiming m sexual harassment of Wynn and retaliation against them after the history of Journal was published in 2018.
The casino company's current chairman, Phil Satre, told the Gaming Commission in August that no one from the company's management has had any "personal or professional relationship with him, "According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal .
Wynn created a larger-than-life personality when he opened several luxurious casinos on the Las Vegas Strip in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He opened The Mirage in 1989 with extravagant attractions, including a volcano and the white tigers of illusionists Siegfried and Roy, and created the first mega variety in a casino landscape better known for dark, low-ceilinged gaming groups.
He opened Treasure Island in 1993 and Bellagio in 1998 – complete with a sprawling lake and dancing fountains in the desert – before selling MGM properties. Having started his own namesake company, Wynn Resorts, in 2002, he topped one of the two copper-colored towers with his own signature. The listed company, which still retains its name for Wynn, operates six properties through Nevada, Massachusetts and Macau, and in 2018 generated more than $ 6.7 billion in sales.
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