Steve Wynn, founder and CEO of Wynn Resorts, which includes Wynn Nightlife and its corresponding clubs XS, Encore and Intrigue, has been accused of sexual assault by women over several decades.
In a detailed expose in the Wall Street Journal who interviewed more than 150 people who work for or had worked for Mr. Wynn, a pattern emerged over decades of sexual impropriety by the founder and CEO of the gambling and nightlife giant.
Dozens of people told of behavior where he allegedly pressured employees into performing sex acts with him. Former employees say they would enter fake appointments in their calendars to help other female employees avoid requests for Mr. Wynn’s services and made sure to not be with him alone as much as possible.
He would often make his overtures in a salon where he would get massages, manicures and makeup done. According to several people interviewed, he would frequent the private massage room in the salon and expose himself, asking for women to massage his genitals. He would also ask women when they were going to fuck him and expose himself to them in his office.
When accusations were brought to upper management or HR, often they were ignored or buried. In a 2005 incident, a salon manager filed a report to HR. She got a call from an executive Doreen Whennen, admonishing her for filing the report and saying she should have taken the report to Ms. Whennen. Nothing ever happened with the report. Ms. Whennen did not comment.
In a statement, Steve Wynn attributes the accusations to his ex-wife as a result of revised divorce settlement (which she denies). “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous. We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits. It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”
Mr. Wynn is also the finance chair for the Republication National Committee.