News Las Vegas Review-Journal killed story in about Steve Wynn sex misconduct claims Claims that Steve Wynn sexually harassed employees could have surfaced years ago but the Las Vegas Review-Journal in stopped publication of a story that would have brought the issue to light.
Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal csstevensphoto Claims that casino developer Steve Wynn sexually harassed employees could have surfaced years ago but the Las Vegas Review-Journal in stopped publication of a story that would have brought the issue to light. Similar claims were made in a court filing in In a lawsuit, a Mirage cocktail server alleged supervisors did not protect women from gamblers who harassed them.
Another server, upon bragging about her first grandchild in the early s, reportedly was pressured into having sex with Wynn, who said he wanted to experience sex with a grandmother, according to a court filing. Two of the cocktail servers spoke to Review-Journal courts reporter Carri Geer in Geer said she remembers then-Publisher Sherman Frederick saying the women should undergo lie-detector tests. She could not recall who blocked publication of the story or who ordered her to delete it.
No memories Indiana University law professor Jennifer A. The public would have understood that this guy has a questionable past. Would not run until cleared with Sherm Frederick. Frederick said Tuesday that he does not remember the story. A Fax Thomas Mitchell, editor-in-chief at the time, remembered the newspaper used polygraph exams for some sources but said he did not remember the circumstances. Kevin Doty, an attorney who worked for the newspaper at the time, said Mitchell asked him to set up the polygraph tests, and that Mitchell went with the women to the exam.
Frederick did not recall the meeting. Discrimination lawsuit The allegations against Wynn and The Mirage were laid out in a federal lawsuit. Eleven waitresses sued The Mirage, where Wynn was chairman at the time, after he allegedly told the servers they did not look good in their uniforms. A policy change required them to maintain their weight at the time they were hired. His attorneys sent questions, known as interrogatories, to plaintiff Earlene Wiggins, and her answers, which were sworn and filed in court, described a culture of harassment, coerced sexual conduct and misconduct by Wynn.
Wiggins said in the court filing that baccarat players groped her and asked for kisses. By , The Mirage had settled all of the claims. Polygraph exams for sources The polygraph results suggested Simmons was being deceptive, but Wiggins, who was quoted in the court document, was being truthful. Wiggins died in Simmons, now 60, said she was nervous during the lie-detector test.
Kathleen Culver, director for the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said she has never heard of a news organization requiring sources to take lie-detector tests.
Slay, who administered the polygraph exams for the Review-Journal, said he often tested sources for publications like the National Enquirer but had not done so for mainstream news publications. Culver said that accurately quoting a court document protects journalists against defamation claims. He has denied the allegations raised in The Wall Street Journal story.
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