Wynn Company Has Real Problems Saving its License
By Josh Resnek
Matthew Maddox will not be leading Wynn Resorts when the casino it is building in Everett has been completed.
This, according to sources familiar with the investigation now being conducted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and where it is leading.
“The Gaming Commission has learned that Maddox knew about the paternity suit against Steve Wynn and of the $7.5 million payment the company made to keep it quiet,” said the source.
In addition, the source said, Maddox was aware of those facts, and of other incidents covered up by the company, that were left out of the Wynn casino application by Wynn Resorts when the application was filed three years ago.
Maddox was appointed president of the corporation when Wynn resigned last month due to serious allegations made against him by about 50 women alleged he forced them to have sex against their will.
In recent days, reports have surfaced of Wynn repeatedly raping a woman who became pregnant and who alleges she delivered the baby in a bathroom.
Wynn has denied all the charges lodged against him, including everything detailed in an extensive and thoroughly researched expose in the Wall Street Journal detailing repeated sexual incidents against women working for him.
Although the Gaming Commission will not answer direct requests for the direction its investigation is taking, the source told the Leader Herald that with Maddox out of the picture, Wynn Resorts is likely to face a struggle before the Gaming Commission to maintain its license.
“Maddox is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to who knew what among the major players in the corporate structure. The Gaming Commission could determine that senior executives at Wynn Resorts cannot be trusted to be truthful about the issue of suitability which is what being named the owner of a casino license is all about,” added the source.
For Everett’s mayor, the situation is problematic.
It puts in limbo nearly everything about the project except for the fact it is moving forward as though without impediment.
Add to the Maddox problem last week’s demands by Attorney General Maura Healey that the Wynn name must be stricken from the project, a sentiment also expressed by Governor Charlie Baker