"Even without Steve Wynn involved, the Wynn corporation's conduct is disqualifying and its license should be revoked," stated Jay Gonzalez, one of three Democrats hoping to challenge Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in the race for governor of Massachusetts later this year.
He stated Thursday that sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Steve Wynn aside, his company covered up a USD 7.5 M settlement with a Wynn Las Vegas manicurist who alleged he pressured her into sex.
"It is now clear that while applying for the one license to operate a casino in the Boston area, the Wynn corporation deliberately withheld information relevant to its suitability, including the existence of a $7.5 million payoff to silence a sexual assault victim," Gonzalez said in a statement.
Wynn is building a $2.4 billion casino in Everett, just outside of Boston.
Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission met Wednesday to discuss the settlement and receive an update on an ongoing regulatory review that includes finding out who knew what when. The commission has broad powers to revoke or suspend the license, or fine the company, according to its chairman Stephen Crosby.
The new review of suitability standards that come with a Massachusetts casino license comes after a Wall Street Journal report breaking the news on the $7.5 million settlement and allegations of a pattern of sexual misconduct by Wynn. The casino mogul has denied the charges.
Former Newton Mayor Setti Warren has called on the Gaming Commission to pressure Wynn into giving up control of Wynn Resorts.
Gov. Baker has said he is appalled by the allegations and if they are true, Wynn fails the suitability standards for honesty and integrity laid out in the state's casino licensing law.