Things seems to be getting worse for Steve Wynn. Already under fire for a $7.5 million settlement with a former manicurist, it’s been revealed that the former head of Wynn Resorts—the casino giant building a $2.4 billion resort in Everett—settled another case of alleged sexual abuse more than 10 years ago. This newly unveiled agreement came to light because Wynn claims the woman tried to extorted more money from him by threatening to go public with the deal.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is investigating whether Wynn Resorts is “suitable” to hold the Eastern Mass. resort casino license. The commission has wide latitude in determining whether a license holder meets the requirements. Under Massachusetts law, character, reputation, and integrity are all elements of “suitability” to hold a license. Wynn passed such a standard in 2014.
Details of the newly uncovered settlement were not available but the case has the added layer of salaciousness with the extortion allegation. The alleged victim denies the charge of extortion. “My client, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has never committed any act of extortion,” her attorney, Lisa Bloom, wrote in an email. “To the contrary, she simply stated that she wanted to speak. Her emails did not seek any money. And that is surely why the FBI has not even questioned her about this, nor has she not been charged with any crime.”
The latest news is sure to add to the Everett rumor mill that is already churning full steam. An Everett newspaper first claimed that new Wynn Resorts chairman Matt Maddox would not be leading the company when the casino is completed. The same publication later claimed that Steve Wynn is “supposedly” trying to sell the company. Wynn cannot “sell the company.” He owns only 12 percent of Wynn Resorts and he is no longer CEO or board chairman.
Emails in the newly divulged settlement show the woman contacted an attorney who represented Wynn in the settlement the day after the original, explosive Wall Street Journal story was published in January, according to an AP report. She said she understood her non-disclosure agreement banned her from speaking out but that she believed telling her story would be a good thing,” according to the AP.