Suit Alleges Wynn Behaved Improperly During Manicures

She alleges Wynn would place the hand being manicured over his genitals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Suit Alleges Wynn Behaved Improperly During Manicures
In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Palace, speaks during a press conference in Macau, China.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

A woman who says she regularly performed manicures on embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct and the company he founded of endorsing his behavior. The unnamed manicurist is the latest woman to level accusations against the billionaire, who resigned as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts last month. According to the lawsuit filed in state court in Las Vegas, Wynn would place the hand being manicured over his genitals, making her "contact his genitals through his pants." She alleges Wynn would get angry or agitated if she objected or tried to remove his or her hand from his genitals. "During manicures, (Wynn) would demand that Plaintiff's [sic] sit close and intertwine their legs so that Plaintiff's knee was touching (Wynn's) crotch," according to the lawsuit, per the AP.

The woman, who is still employed at Wynn Resorts, said she became a regular manicurist for Wynn in 2015. She said she reported Wynn's behavior to salon managing director Claude Baruk but was ignored or casually dismissed. She alleges she also reported it to her supervisor and upper management, and the suit alleges Wynn Resorts' management later indicated to her that the complaints "had been taken to the highest levels" of the company and that "nothing would be done to change (Wynn's) behavior." The suit also describes some of the actions Wynn allegedly took in the days after the Wall Street Journal's story on the allegations was published. It states that on Feb. 1 Wynn showed up with audio-visual personnel during a celebration for a salon staffer and demanded that all employees record a video stating he had never assaulted them.

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