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Nevada regulator rules it has authority over Steve Wynn

The Nevada Gaming Commission has ruled it has the authority to discipline Steve Wynn over sexual misconduct allegations.

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Wynn, Founder and former CEO of Wynn Resorts, could face a fine of up to $500,000, with the Gaming Commission also able to ban him from the industry.

The Gaming Commission voted unanimously to deny a challenge made by Wynn’s legal team over the initial jurisdiction that labelled him “unsuitable to be associated with a gaming enterprise or the gaming industry as a whole.”

Las Vegas attorney Don Campbell, who represents Wynn, will seek a judicial review, arguing the Commission has no authority as Wynn “has no control over Wynn Resorts as a matter of law and he can no longer exercise any control,” and is now not involved in Nevada gaming.

Commission Chairman Tony Alamo Jr. said at the start of the hearing the details of the case would not be heard, just whether Wynn is still subject to its jurisdiction.

That leaves the final decision to whether the Gaming Commission has the authority to rule on the suitability of Wynn to the courts, with the final hearing expected to take place in the Nevada Supreme Court.

This follows last month’s claim by Wynn that the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) is overstepping its authority trying to bar him from the gaming industry.

It relates to the case which began in February 2018, with a Wall Street Journal accusing Wynn of multiple cases of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Wynn was then ultimately forced to resign as CEO of the company he founded, though he denies the allegations.

The latest lawsuit was filed in October by a hairstylist previously employed by Wynn Resorts, which has already paid $55m in fines related to the allegations.


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