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Lawyer pays ex-casino magnate Steve Wynn for defamation

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn has agreed to an undisclosed financial settlement to end his federal libel lawsuit against a well-known attorney who represented a dancer who she says accused Wynn of sexual harassment and retaliation.

Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom recanted and withdrew allegations she made in a March 2018 press release announcing that she was representing a woman alleging inappropriate behavior against Wynn, according to a statement included. in a settlement document provided Tuesday to The Associated Press by Wynn’s attorneys.

The settlement amount was obscured in the document, which was signed by Wynn and Bloom and submitted to U.S. District Judge James Mahan in Las Vegas. The judge approved the deal and dismissed the case on Monday.

Bloom’s 2018 press release said she portrayed a dancer who accused Wynn of ogling female performers who were instructed to “stripping in bras and panties” when he attended and watched rehearsal segments. “physically revealing” for “Showstoppers” at the Wynn Las Resort in Las Vegas.

The settlement statement said Bloom wanted to “correct the record and state that there was no evidence obtained that Steve Wynn gave improper instructions to the dancers, nor that he was aware of any improper instructions.”

Bloom and the attorneys representing her in the Nevada federal case did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment. Bloom is the daughter of nationally recognized women’s rights and discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred.

Wynn, 80, issued a statement saying he was “pleased” with the deal and saying the matter was “fully resolved, including a retraction”.

Wynn’s attorney, Todd Bice in Las Vegas, told AP the settlement amount would be kept confidential. He declined further comment.

Wynn had sought a jury trial and damages of at least $75,000 less than two months after the Wall Street Journal reported he had harassed or assaulted multiple women.

Wynn has always denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

He resigned as chairman and CEO of his namesake company, Wynn Resorts, in February 2018, and sold his company’s stock. He now lives in Florida.

Wynn’s lawsuit against Bloom was filed in April 2018. Mahan rejected Bloom’s offer to have the case dismissed and she appealed. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco returned her to Mahan in March 2021.

A reasonable jury could find that Bloom “acted with real malice in releasing the statement,” a three-judge appeals panel said.

Allegations of wrongdoing against Wynn have spawned further lawsuits and penalties. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled last month that casino regulators in the state could still impose a $500,000 fine and discipline Wynn for allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Wynn’s attorneys argue he no longer has ties to the casino industry and the state Gaming Commission has no power to punish him.

The commission separately fined Wynn Resorts $20 million in 2019 for failing to investigate sexual misconduct allegations made against Wynn prior to his resignation.

Massachusetts regulators fined the company an additional $35 million and the company’s top executive $500,000 for failing to disclose sexual misconduct allegations against Wynn when he applied for a license for a casino in the Boston area.

In November 2019, Wynn Resorts accepted $20 million in damages from Wynn and another $21 million from the insurance companies to settle shareholder lawsuits accusing the company’s directors of failing to disclose the allegations. ‘misconduct.

Steve Wynn also has a libel lawsuit pending against The Associated Press and an AP reporter based on a story of accounts to Las Vegas police by two women who alleged sexual misconduct by Wynn.