The now-ousted CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd, Steve Wynn, will seek to challenge the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The board claims that this action aims at disciplining the former resort executive by revoking his gaming license.
Wynn’s legal team issued response arguing that Wynn’s Resorts Ltd. CEO and chairman is a victim of false sexual harassment allegation.
Jorgen Nielsen, “filed documents with the Clark County District Court containing testimony from Renee Palleggi alleging that Steve Wynn’s ex-wife, Elaine, orchestrated the effort to force her former souse out of the gaming company he founded manufacturing sexual misconduct allegation against him,”
Palleggi claims that Nielsen who was formerly a Wynn Las Vegas hairstylist contacted her in December 2017. He told her that he knew that Elaine Wynn was reaching out to the media to try and gain sympathy for the sexual misconduct claims against her ex-husband.
Sexual assault allegations
Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts. This happened after The Wall Street Journal published an article containing allegations of sexual misconduct by Wynn towards some of his employees.
One allegation suggested that Wynn paid $7.5 million to settle a claim made by a manicurist who used to work at Wynn Las Vegas salon. The employee claimed that Wynn forced her to have sex.
In earlier statements made by Wynn’s lawyer about the allegations, he said: “the idea that Wynn would ever assault a woman was preposterous.”
Wynn sold his stake in Wynn Resorts in March 2018, and ever since, only his name remains on his former Las Vegas Strip casino.
According to the Resorts spokesmen, “Wynn Resorts remains focused on creating a safe and fair workplace for our employees and appreciates the recognition we have received from regulators for our efforts.”
Attorneys Fight Back NGCB Claim on Wynn’s License
Steve Wynn’s attorneys claim that “The specific question presented is: Has the Nevada Legislature expressly or implied authorized Nevada’s gaming regulators to discipline a person who no longer has any involvement with a Nevada gaming license and, thus, no longer poses an alleged threat to the industry or the public at large? We submit the answer to that question is a resounding ‘No.’”
Mr. Wynn’s attorney explained that the NGCB has both confirmed their client’s lack of affiliation with the Nevada gaming industry. They also sought to revoke the licenses of all ten employees involved in the case. This included Mr Wynn himself and people who were aware of his alleged harassment of hotel staff.
It is noteworthy that the board has time until November 27 to dismiss the motion. Mr Wynn and his attorneys will have until December 9th to respond.