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Wynn Resorts Execs Tried To Conceal Steve Wynn Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Wynn Resorts executives knew about and tried to hide allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn, the company’s founder, New York Daily News reported.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission released on Tuesday its investigation into whether the company was concealing information about Wynn when it applied for a license in 2014.

Wynn, who is Jewish, resigned as CEO of his Las Vegas casino empire in February 2018, following multiple reports that he sexually harassed employees and led a sexually exploitative workplace culture.

Investigators spoke with dozens of witnesses and reviewed documents, finding that there was a “lack of cooperation from Mr. Wynn.” It culminated in a 209-page report that also mentions a settlement agreement from 2005 between Wynn and an employee. His ex-wife Elaine Wynn and Wynn Resorts’ top lawyer allegedly were aware, according to the Daily News.

It also found that Wynn was exempt from corporate procedures, such as the zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy. Employee wellbeing didn’t appear to be a priority, as the culture promoted staying quiet about allegations of sexual misconduct out of fear it would be pointless or result in backlash.

Workers involved in the attempted cover-up are no longer employed at the company, according to the Daily News. Still, there could be repercussions for the company’s Massachusetts casino license and a new resort rising in Everett in June.

Wynn Resorts has been in a similar position before — after being reviewed in Nevada, the company paid a $20 million fine. It was able to keep its casino license.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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