Former casino mogul Steve Wynn is suing a former employee of his empire for defamation over comments about his alleged sexual misconduct.
Wynn filed a lawsuit against Jorgen Nielsen, ex-artistic director of the Wynn Las Vegas salon, in Nevada state court last week for negative remarks he made to the Wall Street Journal and ABC News, the Journal reported.
Nielsen was quoted in news coverage, which detailed alleged sexual mistreatment of women that went back decades. The reports included numerous allegations that Wynn forced staffers to perform sex acts on him and that one situation ended with a $7.5 million settlement.
In the lawsuit, the casino resort developer called Nielsen’s comments ““false and defamatory,” the Journal said.
Wynn, who helped transform Las Vegas into the world-famous destination it is today, has denied the sexual misconduct reports, explaining that they’re the result of a smear campaign by his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Zlati Meyer