The former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Wynn Resorts Limited, Steve Wynn (pictured), has reportedly filed a motion asking that the Nevada Gaming Control Board dismiss the five-count complaint it lodged against him last month.
According to a Friday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, the 77-year-old helped to establish the casino firm that still bears his name in 2002 but resigned his executive roles in February of 2018 following the publication of claims that he had previously compelled some female workers into performing sexual acts before using private settlements to hush up any allegations of impropriety.
The complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board was filed on October 14 and reportedly claimed that Wynn violated state casino licensing suitability rules by allegedly sexually harassing multiple employees and is seeking to have his earlier finding of fitness revoked and a fine imposed.
But, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Wynn has now used a 25-page motion of his own to request that the regulator drop its action owing to the fact that he has now left Wynn Resorts Limited and no longer holds any financial interests in the Las Vegas-headquartered firm behind such properties as Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Boston Harbor.
The newspaper reported that the Wynn’s motion declared that the Nevada Gaming Control Board does not have legal jurisdiction ‘to discipline a person who no longer has any involvement with a Nevada gaming licensee’ and that he additionally ‘no longer poses an alleged threat to the industry or the public at large.’
Wynn has steadfastly maintained his innocence since leaving the helm at Wynn Resorts Limited and is now believed to have retired to Florida. Nevertheless, the Nevada Gaming Control Board purportedly maintains that it still holds jurisdiction over him and nine other former employees and associates owing to the placing of so-called ‘administrative holds’ on their licenses.
However, Wynn reportedly disagrees and moreover used his motion to state that the complaint from the Nevada Gaming Control Board ‘does not cite any statute or regulation’ that would provide it with the ability to implement an ‘administrative hold’ on any licensee or anyone else that ‘has been found suitable to hold a position with a licensee.’
The Nevada Gaming Control Board now has until November 27 to reply to Wynn’s motion after which the two parties could be required to face off in an official hearing as early as December 19.