A Broadway dancer has accused billionaire casino-owner Steve Wynn of sexual harassment.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, danced on Broadway before she was hired to dance for the show Showstoppers at the Wynn Las Vegas from late 2014 through late 2016.
She claims that Wynn would stop into their rehearsals.
When he was in town, ‘the female dancers were instructed immediately to strip down to bras and panties, put on heels, and apply extra makeup so as to be sexually appealing to Mr. Wynn’, according to The Bloom Firm, who represents the dancer.
A Broadway dancer has accused Steve Wynn (pictured) of sexual harassment. She claims Wynn would make female dancers of Vegas show Showstoppers strip down to their bras and panties during rehearsals
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, danced on Broadway before she was hired to dance for the show Showstoppers (file image) at the Wynn Las Vegas from late 2014 through late 2016
The woman said that dancers would normally wear jazz pants, tank tops or other casual fitness wear while rehearsing.
‘Mr. Wynn would then sit in the front row of the theater and leer while the female performers danced particularly physically revealing segments of the show,’ her attorney Lisa Bloom wrote in a statement.
‘Many cast members, including my client, considered Mr. Wynn’s demands humiliating,’ Bloom wrote, adding that Showstoppers was not a nude nor a semi-nude show.
The woman made the accusations through her attorney Lisa Bloom (pictured)
Bloom wrote that her ‘client was disgusted by Mr. Wynn’s behavior’.
‘She considered his demands unprofessional and demeaning. And so she would often not strip down, or would do so only partially.’
The dancer claims that her acts of rebellion ‘in the face of the most powerful man in Las Vegas were followed by her being sent to the back of dance routines, or removed from show routines altogether’.
In the statement, Bloom wrote that witnesses who worked on the show have confirmed her client’s allegations about Wynn’s alleged behavior.
Bloom said that her law firm has sent letters to attorneys for Wynn and Wynn Resorts about ‘these acts of sexual harassment and retaliation and have yet to receive any meaningful response’.
Through her lawyer, the dancer said she is willing to cooperate in any investigation.
On Tuesday it was revealed that Wynn brokered a settlement more than a decade ago with a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.
The Las Vegas-based tycoon recently reported her to the FBI, his attorneys said in court documents.
Wynn and one of his attorneys met FBI agents last month to accuse the woman of trying to extort him by threatening to go public with details from the 2006 settlement, according to documents received earlier this month in state court in Las Vegas.
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that several women had accused billionaire Steve Wynn (above) of harassing or assaulting them
On Tuesday it was revealed that Wynn (pictured in 2014) brokered a settlement more than a decade ago with a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct
He has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of female employees at his Las Vegas casino, though he denies the allegations.
In a recent court filing, his ex-wife Elaine alleged that a $7.5 million payout was made in 2005 to a manicurist he forced into having sex with him.
In January the Wall Street Journal spoke to 150 people who currently work for Wynn or have in the past, with a number describing in detail the lengths they would allegedly go to in order to avoid being alone with their boss.
Some scheduled fake appointments to make sure they would not be chosen to give Wynn spa treatments, while others went so far as to hide in bathrooms when he came into the salon.
Viva: In a recent court filing, his ex-wife Elaine alleges that a $7.5 million payout was made in 2007 to a manicurist he forced into having sex with him at his Las Vegas property (above)
Steve Wynn may now sell his stake in Wynn Resorts, Limited, according to recent reports, after a judge agreed his shareholders’ agreement with his ex is now invalid
Wynn resigned as chairman and CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts last month. He married second wife Andrea Hisson, 54, in 2011, and the pair are close friends with President Trump and the First lady.
He has vehemently denied the accusations reported by the newspaper and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife. Her attorney has denied that she instigated the report.
The recent court filings do not provide details of the newly revealed settlement. The woman on Monday did not return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press.
The woman is also being represented by Lisa Bloom, who said in an email that her client denies the extortion allegations.
‘My client, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has never committed any act of extortion,’ she wrote. ‘To the contrary, she simply stated that she wanted to speak. Her emails did not seek any money. And that is surely why the FBI has not even questioned her about this, nor has she not been charged with any crime.’
The FBI declined to confirm Monday whether it has investigated the extortion accusations. A declaration by one of Wynn’s attorneys, Donald Campbell, says the FBI notified him on Feb. 10 that it had ‘concluded its investigation.’
Campbell identified the woman as a ‘former Wynn employee’ with whom the billionaire settled in December 2006, when she worked as a ‘Playboy Bunny’ at the Palms casino-hotel. Wynn Resorts has never owned that property. Its oldest casino-resort in Las Vegas opened in 2005.
Steve Wynn and former wife Elaine Wynn are seen here attending an event at Cirpriani Wall Street on September 23, 2008 in New York City; the two divorced in 2010
Emails included in the court documents show the woman contacted an attorney who represented Wynn in the settlement, Barry Slotnick, the day after the Wall Street Journal story was published in January.
She said she understood her non-disclosure agreement banned her from speaking out but that she believed telling her story would be a good thing.
The woman wrote to the attorney again a few days later, saying she wanted to reveal the details of the settlement publicly and to consider the message notice of her intentions. The emails do not ask for money, and they don’t appear to be redacted.
The emails ‘clearly evidenced that she was engaged in an effort to ‘shakedown” Wynn, Campbell said in his declaration.
The settlement is the second between Steve Wynn and a woman who alleged sexual misconduct to be revealed during a protracted civil case that has involved the billionaire; his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn; and a former business partner.
The deal reported by the Wall Street Journal was previously referenced broadly in the civil case, which is scheduled for trial in April.
A large portion of the case was settled earlier this month when Wynn Resorts agreed to pay a Tokyo-based company $2.4 billion by the end of March.
Elaine Wynn is fighting her ex-husband and Wynn Resorts over her removal from the company’s board of directors in 2015.