Judge sets Jan. 4 arguments on Massachusetts report on Wynn

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A legal battle continues in Las Vegas related to an investigation by Massachusetts gaming commissioners ahead of Wynn Resorts opening a $2 billion hotel-casino in Boston.

Gaming regulators have been investigating how the company handled the sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s namesake Steve Wynn.

The release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report is, for now, in the hands of a Las Vegas judge.

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez halted the release of that report amid a lawsuit filed by Steve Wynn against his former company and the lead investigator for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

“All we’re trying to do is round out the people that would potentially have access to Mr. Wynn’s privileged material,” said Colby Williams, Steve Wynn’s attorney.

Wynn alleges that investigators may include information in that report that should be protected by attorney/client privilege.

“What you see from Massachusetts gaming is ‘oh, this is a slippery slope,’ we’re ‘trying to invade the investigative process,’ we’re trying to find out who they interviewed — no, no, we haven’t your honor,” Williams said.

In his arguments, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s attorney fired back accusing Wynn of going on a fishing expedition.

“We want the process to move quickly, we do not want to open the investigative files of a law enforcement agency to the curious eyes of the person whose behavior is the subject of the investigation,” said Michael Rawlins, attorney, Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The sexual misconduct  investigation and report by gaming regulators comes as they consider Wynn Resorts for a gaming license to operate the casino portion of the Encore Boston Harbor, a $2 billion clone of one of the Wynn and Encore towers in Las Vegas.

It’s set to open in six months.

“We support the investigation, and the company is doing everything it can to cooperate in that investigation, and our desire is to resolve these privilege issues as soon as possible so that it can proceed,” said Patrick Byrne, Wynn Resorts counsel.

Judge Gonzalez ruled Thursday that she will hear arguments on Jan. 4 to determine whether or not to continue blocking the release of the report.

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