By Josh Resnek
In a truly ironic twist. Steven Wynn, the billionaire founder of the company that bears his name is suing the company he founded as well as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
He is taking a legal swing at both who are investigating his alleged sexual misconduct.
The lawsuit accuses the MGC of conducting its investigation without regarding the privileged nature of the communications between Wynn and his former company. It also alleged Wynn Resorts, in providing documents to the MGC, disregarded Steve Wynn’s attorney-client privilege and common interest agreements held with his former company.
The lawsuit was led last Wednesday against Wynn Resorts in Nevada, and in Boston, where he is suing the MGC.
The MGC has been investigating how much Wynn Resorts knew about its former leader’s alleged sexual misconduct. A January Wall Street Journal report included several employee claims of sexual misconduct and that Wynn made a $7.5M settlement with a manicurist who said he forced her to have sex with him and then allegedly fathered his child. The MGC has the ability to strip Wynn of its license to operate the $2.6B Encore Boston Harbor casino resort currently under construction in Everett, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.
The MGC is apparently internally confused about what exactly to do, with the growing worry that unless Wynn Resorts license is stripped, the MGC will be perceived as looking the other way or worse.
Experts claim the Wynn move is aimed at stopping momentarily or completely the ruling expected to be made by the MGC sometime in December.
The suit adds to three others already aimed at the MGC and or Wynn Resorts.
Other suits are expected.