LAS VEGAS--Not long after the billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn opened his flagship Wynn Las Vegas in 2005, a manicurist who worked there arrived at the on-site salon visibly distressed following an appointment in Mr. Wynn's office.Sobbing, she told a colleague Mr. Wynn had forced her to have sex, and she repeated that to others later.After she gave Mr. Wynn a manicure, she said, he pressured her to take her clothes off and told her to lie on the massage table he kept in his office suite, according to people she gave the account to. The manicurist said she told Mr. Wynn she didn't want to have sex and was married, but he persisted in his demands that she do so, and ultimately she did disrobe and they had sex, the people remember her saying.After being told of the allegations, the woman's supervisor said she filed a detailed report to the casino's human-resources department recounting the episode.Mr. Wynn later paid the manicurist a $7.5 million settlement, according to people familiar with the matter.The incident was referenced, in broad terms, in a lawsuit in which Mr. Wynn's ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, seeks to lift restrictions on the sale of her stock in Wynn Resorts Ltd. WYNN -7.94% Attorneys for Mr. Wynn in a court filing admitted he made the personal payment; in a later hearing, his corporate attorney said there had been "allegations of assault." Court records in the suit are heavily redacted. Specifics of the allegation and the size of the settlement haven't been previously reported.Beyond this incident, dozens of people The Wall Street Journal interviewed who have worked at Mr. Wynn's casinos told of behavior that cumulatively would amount to a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Wynn. Some described him pressuring employees to perform sex acts.
Former employees said they sometimes entered fake appointments in the books to help other female workers get around a request for services in Mr. Wynn's office or arranged for others to pose as assistants so they wouldn't be alone with him. They told of female employees hiding in the bathroom or back rooms when they learned he was on the way to the salon."Everybody was petrified," said Jorgen Nielsen, a former artistic director at the salon. Mr. Nielsen said he and others repeatedly told high-level company executives Mr. Wynn's sexual advances were causing a problem, but "nobody was there to help us."One former massage therapist at the Wynn Las Vegas spa said that several years ago, when Mr. Wynn was booking multiple appointments a week with her in the private massage room in his office suite, he would continually adjust a towel to expose himself. Then at one session, she said, he threw it off and said, "Just get this thing off of me."She said he wouldn't let her use a towel to cover his genitals after that, contrary to state licensing regulations, and he also began rubbing her leg while she massaged him.After a few weeks, the former employee said, Mr. Wynn instructed her to massage his penis to climax. "Don't ignore it anymore," he said, according to her recollection. The woman said that because he was her boss, she felt she had no choice but to agree to some of Mr. Wynn's requests, including that one. She said masturbating him became a frequent part of the massage sessions for several months.At the end of each hour-long massage session, she said, he handed her $1,000 in cash, which was the same amount as before the sexual activity began.In subsequent sessions, the woman said, Mr. Wynn asked her to perform oral sex on him and described in detail how he wanted it done. This request she refused, she said.The woman said she told Mr. Wynn at a later session she was uncomfortable with his requests, and he then stopped asking for massages from her.She said she didn't tell anyone what happened at the time because she was embarrassed, adding she is still trying to deal with the incident emotionally. She did tell a colleague in a general way that Mr. Wynn had been inappropriate with her, that colleague recalled in an interview.The colleague said she offered advice to the massage therapist--but didn't mention that Mr. Wynn had also made advances toward her while she massaged him in his office's private massage room. The colleague said in an interview Mr. Wynn would remove his towel and, while she massaged the front of his thighs, would tell her to "go higher," which she understood to mean touch his genitals. She said she told him this made her uncomfortable, and then his requests for massages became less frequent.Dennis Gomes, who was an executive at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas when Mr. Wynn was running that casino decades ago, said in a deposition in an early-1990s lawsuit that Mr. Gomes "routinely received complaints from various department heads regarding Wynn's chronic sexual harassment of female employees," according to a court filing that summarized his testimony.In the suit over Mr. Gomes's departure to work for a Trump casino, Mr. Gomes described what he called a "disgraceful pattern of personal and professional conduct" that he said included Mr. Wynn's directing him to get the home phone numbers of casino cocktail waitresses.Mr. Wynn denied the allegations in the suit in Nevada state court. The parties agreed to drop the suit in 1994.Mr. Gomes died in 2012. His widow, Barbara Gomes, in an interview for this article, said, "I remember him saying, 'I'm not his pimp,' " referring to Mr. Wynn.
Over the course of six hours, many of the hostesses were subjected to groping, lewd comments and repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms elsewhere in the Dorchester.Hostesses reported men repeatedly putting hands up their skirts; one said an attendee had exposed his penis to her during the evening.
At their initial interviews, women were warned by Ms Dandridge that the men in attendance might be "annoying" or try to get the hostesses "pissed". One hostess was advised to lie to her boyfriend about the fact it was a male-only event. "Tell him it's a charity dinner," she was told."It's a Marmite job. Some girls love it, and for other girls it's the worst job of their life and they will never do it again . . . You just have to put up with the annoying men and if you can do that it's fine," Ms Dandridge told the hostess.Two days before the event, Ms Dandridge told prospective hostesses by email that their phones would be "safely locked away" for the evening and that boyfriends and girlfriends were not welcome at the venue.The uniform requirements also became more detailed: all hostesses should bring "BLACK sexy shoes", black underwear, and do their hair and make-up as they would to go to a "smart sexy place". Dresses and belts would be supplied on the day.
A number of men stood with the hostesses while waiting for smoked salmon starters to arrive. Others remained seated and yet insisted on holding the hands of their hostesses.It was unclear why men, seated at their tables with hostesses standing close by, felt the need to hold the hands of the women, but numerous hostesses discussed instances of it through the night. For some, this was a prelude to pulling the women into their laps. Meanwhile champagne, whisky and vodka were served.On stage, entertainers came and went. It was soon after a troupe of burlesque dancers -- dressed like furry-hatted Coldstream Guards, but with star-shaped stickers hiding nipples -- that one 19-year-old hostess, recounted a conversation with a guest nearing his seventies: who had asked her, directly, whether she was a prostitute. She was not. "I've never done this before, and I'm never doing it again," she said later. "It's f***ing scary."According to the accounts of multiple women working that night, groping and similar abuse was seen across many of the tables in the room.Another woman, 28, with experience of hostess work, observing the braying men around her said this was significantly different to previous black tie jobs. At other events, men occasionally would try to flirt with her, she said, but she had never felt uncomfortable or, indeed, frightened.She reported being repeatedly fondled on her bottom, hips, stomach and legs. One guest lunged at her to kiss her. Another invited her upstairs to his room.Meanwhile, Artista had an enforcement team, made up of suited women and men, who would tour the ballroom, prodding less active hostesses to interact with dinner guests.Outside the women's toilets a monitoring system was in place: women who spent too long were called out and led back to the ballroom. A security guard at the door was on hand, keeping time.
The complaint against Mr. Strider was made by a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him. She told a campaign official that Mr. Strider had rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent her a string of suggestive emails, including at least one during the night, according to three former campaign officials familiar with what took place.The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff.
https://nytimes.com/2018/01/26/us/politics/hillary-clinton-chose-to-shield-a-top-adviser-accused-of-harassment-in-2008.htmlQuoteThe complaint against Mr. Strider was made by a 30-year-old woman who shared an office with him. She told a campaign official that Mr. Strider had rubbed her shoulders inappropriately, kissed her on the forehead and sent her a string of suggestive emails, including at least one during the night, according to three former campaign officials familiar with what took place.The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff.
A 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern in which Tarantino downplayed Roman Polanski's sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl went viral, placing the Oscar winning filmmaker in an uncomfortable spotlight."She wanted to have it," the "The Hateful Eight" creator said of Polanski's victim in the clip below."He didn't rape a 13-year-old," Tarantino told Stern. "It was statutory rape. That's not quite the same thing. ... He had sex with a minor, all right. That's not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you're talking about violent, throwing them down."Tarantino added: "Throwing the word 'rape' around is like throwing the word 'racist' around. It doesn't apply to everything that people use it for."When radio co-host Robin Quivers said the girl didn't want to have sex, Tarantino countered: "She wanted to have it."Quivers pointed out that the girl had been given drugs and alcohol, but Tarantino didn't waver.
"Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey -- that's the price you pay.""It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't," he added. "The ones who did, knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition."