Steve Wynn’s Defamation Case Laid to Rest
A judge in Nevada has recently thrown out a defamation case filed by controversy-laden casino mogul Steve Wynn against The Associated Press and one of its reporters. It was back in April when Wynn’s legal team lodged a complaint against the popular news agency based on a February report about two women’s police accounts accusing the businessman of sexual harassment.
Wynn’s legal team noted in a 13-page complaint that the AP had published a news story based on police accounts of women who had previously accused the multi-billionaire tycoon of rape. The filing detailed that AP should have offered additional details about the past allegations, which would have allowed readers to reach their own conclusions about the matter and not be swayed by the article’s biased information.
The complaint filed referred to Halina Kuta, who confessed to police back in February that the businessman had raped her in the 1970’s, shortly after which she gave birth to her daughter in the restroom of a Nevada gas station. Kuta also alleged that she had been married to Wynn, and had borne other children with him. However, she told police that she could not recall all of their birth dates or names. The tycoon’s legal team highlighted the fact that the discrepancies in Kuta’s allegations raise many questions.
Associated Press in the Right
In a written order, the Clark County District Court’s Judge Ronald Israel ruled that the AP’s reporting on the two sexual misconduct reports was fair, and that no extra information could have been supplied about the two women as their names had been blacked out in police documents supplied to the news agency under a public record request.
Wynn’s attorney, L. Lyn Wood, noted publicly on Friday that his team will be appealing the Nevada Supreme Court’s ruling. The dishonored tycoon is facing several allegations of sexual assault and harassment, the bulk of which have come from former and current employees of the company he founded, gaming and entertainment giant Wynn Resorts.
Misconduct Investigations Continue
The first allegations of Wynn’s long-spanning sexual misconducts emerged in January this year, when the Wall Street Journal detailed numerous cases of him subjecting female employees to unwanted sexual advances.
Investigations regarding these allegations are ongoing, while Wynn has vehemently denied all of them. Following the WSJ report, the tycoon left his roles as Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, and was also forced to vacate his residence at one of his company’s most exclusive Las Vegas establishments.
The allegations against Wynn and the possibility of Wynn Resorts having any prior knowledge about the sexual harassment incidents are also being investigated by Vegas gambling regulators, as well as those in regions in which the company operates or plans to do so, including Massachusetts and Macau.