In Nevada, a manicurist at the Wynn Las Vegas integrated casino resort has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Steve Wynn (pictured) accusing the former casino magnate of assault and battery alongside the breaching of fiduciary and contractual duties.
According to a Tuesday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, the eleven-count action from a plaintiff identified simply as ‘Jane Doe’ was filed in Clark County District Court by attorneys Matthew Hoffman and Justin Watkins and additionally alleges that the 76-year-old businessman had intentionally and negligently inflicted emotional distress.
Wynn reportedly stepped down from his roles as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for American casino operator Wynn Resorts Limited early last month due the multiple sexual assault allegations contained in a January 27 story published by The Wall Street Journal newspaper. The Connecticut-born mogul and his former firm are now the subject of investigations being conducted by gaming authorities in Nevada, Massachusetts and Macau while his resignation settlement saw him agreed to forfeit a lucrative severance package and vacate his two-story residence inside the Wynn Las Vegas in advance of a June 1 deadline.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the lawsuit alleges that Wynn has continued to receive pedicures, manicures and other such services at the Claude Baruk Salon inside the Wynn Las Vegas subsequent to his resignation and also recounts a February 1 incident that supposedly saw the billionaire arrive unannounced with an audio-video crew to demand that salon workers immediately record personal videos attesting that he had never assaulted or abused them.
The newspaper reported that the lawsuit moreover names Wynn Resorts Limited and nine members of its board of directors alongside salon owner Claude Baruk as defendants with the former accused of negligent hiring practices and the latter blamed for aiding and abetting Wynn’s actions. The action purportedly furthermore states that the plaintiff still fears going to work because Wynn Resorts Limited and Baruk have done little to meaningfully investigate the recent allegations of sexual assault.
“Wynn continues to make appointments and receive manicures, pedicures and salon services in the salon or in his on-site villa with Baruk, Wynn directors and Wynn Resorts’ full knowledge and permission despite media reports and court filings outlining Wynn’s outrageous and offensive conduct,” reportedly reads the lawsuit.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the filing of the lawsuit followed the initiation of similar legal proceedings against Wynn by a 36-year-old masseuse on Thursday amid an allegation that the former gaming tycoon had been ‘mentally and emotionally grooming’ her since 2006 ‘for his true intentions’. There was additionally a similar grievance purportedly filed locally on February 28 by a 49-year-old woman who attested that her ‘encounters’ with Wynn had begun in 2011.