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Dozens of women accuse casino mogul who built Beau Rivage of sexual assault

This March 15, 2016, file photo, shows casino mogul Steve Wynn at a news conference in Medford, Mass. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, that a number of women say they were harassed or assaulted by the casino mogul. Wynn denied the allegations personally in a printed statement.
This March 15, 2016, file photo, shows casino mogul Steve Wynn at a news conference in Medford, Mass. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, that a number of women say they were harassed or assaulted by the casino mogul. Wynn denied the allegations personally in a printed statement. AP file

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, the man who built Beau Rivage Casino, is the latest to be accused in dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Wynn’s reputation in Mississippi began when he built the $680 million casino resort in 1999. Wynn sold the Beau Rivage to MGM Grand in 2000.

Now his position at Wynn Resorts are questionable after the Wall Street Journal published an account from a manicurist who said she was forced by Wynn to have sex with him. There are several more claims of abuse noted in the article.

Wynn is the latest person to face charges of sexual misconduct and assault and women’s groups are asking that he be fired as the head of Wynn Resorts.

Thousands of women have spoken up about their experiences with workforce sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo, and The New York Times and other news organizations have followed and reported on the movement. It’s resulted in the firing of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, of former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer and other celebrities.

Wynn was very visible in South Mississippi while the Beau Rivage was under construction in the late 1990s and pledged to take the Coast casino industry to “another league.” Shortly before the casino opened in 1999, the then chairman of Las Vegas-based Mirage Resorts, parent company of Beau Rivage, spoke to 1,100 people who attended a private premiere party.

“This place has a special character and symbolism all its own,” Wynn said. “We’re very self-conscious. We want people to say, ‘We’re glad you’re here.’”

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