Gaming Control Board complaint: Wynn execs ignored allegations of sexual harassment

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It took a Wall Street Journal investigation to prompt Nevada gaming regulators to look into one of the worst-kept secrets in Las Vegas — the alleged harassment of employees at the hands of former gaming mogul Steve Wynn.

“Immediately upon learning of the allegations raised against Mr. Wynn in the WSJ article, the BOARD launched a thorough and extensive investigation of RESPONDENTS and Mr. Wynn,” said a Gaming Control Board complaint released Monday.

“Through its investigation, the Board found multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and/or sexual harassment against Mr. Wynn.”

The complaint says three Wynn executives – former President and CEO Marc Schorr, former Vice-President of Hotel Operations Doreen Whennen and former Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer Arte Nathan, “all failed to initiate an investigation” into allegations by “Employee 1,” a salon employee who said she had been raped by Wynn in 2005 and became pregnant.

Wynn paid the employee and her husband $7.5 million in a settlement, the complaint says.

The complaint goes on to say Kimmarie Sinatra, attorney for Wynn Resorts, did not investigate when she became aware of the allegations in 2012.

Sinatra left the resort last year with a $1.8 million severance.

The company’s failure to investigate the 2005 incident as well as all other complaints received is a violation of state law and gaming regulations, the complaint says.

The complaint says Employee 2, a cocktail server, “alleged that Mr. Wynn pressured her into a nonconsensual sexual relationship that lasted from 2005 through her departure from RESORTS in 2006. Mr. Wynn entered into a private settlement with Employee 2 and her parents in the amount of $975,000 on December 6, 2006.”

The complaint alleges Schorr, Nathan and former Wynn General Counsel Kevin Tourek knew of the allegations and failed to initiate an investigation. Tourek and former Wynn President Maurice Wooden knew of sexual harassment allegations against Wynn made in 2014 by a former cocktail waitress identified as Employee 3, according to the complaint.

Additionally, the complaint says several managers knew of but failed to investigate allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Wynn by Employees 4, 5 and 6, who worked in the Encore Spa.

A flight attendant with a jet service owned by Wynn Resorts complained to Wynn in writing in 2016 of allegations against him by several flight attendants. Neither Sinatra nor Wynn counsel Stacie Michaels initiated an investigation, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges “multiple allegations were made by various individuals that Employee 8 had facilitated sexual relationships between cocktail servers at Wynn and Mr. Wynn and/or guests of Wynn.”

Employee 8 is believed to be former Director of Cocktail Services Nancie Homel, who denied the allegations in this 2008 interview.  

The complaint is the final salvo of departing Control Board Chairwoman Becky Harris.  Earlier this month, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Harris’ replacement.

Wynn Resorts is agreeing to a monetary fine yet to be determined by gaming regulators.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

8 COMMENTS

  1. At least wynnie-the-pooh executives had an excuse, not to rock the golden-goose boat. But if Steverino’s shenanigans were such a “worst-kept secret”, like, uh, where were the media.

  2. Um, like, why ? What does the video you link to have to do with the subject of this article ? It’s a TV news segment that’s overly long & boring (and irrelevant & trivial to anyone except the person being interviewed who was involved in a personnel issue at the executive suite of the Wynn Hotel). It has nothing to do with the far more serious allegations of workplace sexual harassment (and rape) that have been leveled against Steve Wynn. Who hasn’t raised an eyebrow that since Steve Wynn apparently is now completely gone from his hotel, the media in LV have nicely decided not to pursue the facts of what really happened, behind closed doors as Wynn so blatantly abused his power to inflict himself on his female employees.

    • As the reporter in the overly long and boring story, I assure you it makes reference to the allegations against “Employee 8”, the woman featured in the story.

  3. Oh come on Dana, get real. You’re saying one tiny & obscure reference deep inside a tedious local news item was sufficient to inform & warn the Las Vegas community of the revelations that came years later, in the Wall Street Journal article about our beloved Saint Steve which exploded so shockingly and became not just a local but a national outrage. Face it, the “journalists” of Las Vegas print & television (and their suck-up employers) completely failed. And, are still doing so, as evidently Steverino cashed out then sailed off on the four winds, luridly humiliated yes but never having been held to account.

    • Haha, wouldn’t you know, what a coincidence, the headline at the RJ today. Poor Steve, a fine ! How much, do you think ? Probably equivalent to what he pays for the tender to get from “Andrea’s Sans Souci” to the dock at St.-Tropez, for a fabulous vegan collation de minuit.

      • Not to mention, who doesn’t get a good laugh every time you click one of the RJ’s articles, forgetting that big nasty whammy that it will cost you 99¢

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