WYNN INVESTIGATION DRAGS ON AT MASS. GAMING COMMISSION
By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, OCT. 11, 2018.....Massachusetts Gaming Commission members still have not learned what their investigators have uncovered about sexual misconduct allegations against former casino magnate Steve Wynn and the handling of those allegations by Wynn Resorts.
The investigation has been ongoing since January and the commission's executive director previously said he expected the inquiry results to be made public in September, setting the stage for the commission to determine whether Wynn Resorts remains suitable to hold the 2014 license it has used to erect a resort casino near the Mystic River in Everett.
Commissioner Gayle Cameron, who on Thursday was officially elected as the commission's interim chairman, confirmed to the News Service that commissioners have not received a copy of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau report but declined to comment further.
Executive Director Edward Bedrosian, who announced two months ago that the investigation was in its final stage, declined to comment Thursday when asked about the status of the investigation.
Previously, the head of the commission's investigations bureau confirmed that Steve Wynn paid a private $7.5 million settlement to a manicurist to resolve a sexual harassment allegation that was not disclosed when Wynn Resorts sought and eventually received a casino license in Massachusetts.
Bedrosian had announced in August that investigators were "entering their final stage of their investigation" and that a public meeting to detail the findings could be anticipated in September.
A month later, he said investigators were in Las Vegas "following up on a few outstanding matters" and that the report would likely be complete in October.
Once the report is complete, it will be shared first with the four commissioners. The Gaming Commission will then hold a public adjudicatory hearing during which the commission and attorneys for Wynn will have a chance to present evidence and testimony. The commission will deliberate on any possible actions in private.
The Gaming Commission is expected to meet next on Oct. 25.
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