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Former CEO Steve Wynn files a defamation lawsuit against a former employee



  Steve Wynn
Steve Wynn resigned from his company in February.

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(Reuters) – Steve Wynn, who resigned in February as the CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd on allegations of sexual abuse, has filed a defamation lawsuit against a former employee of the casino company, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada's state court accuses Jorgen Nielsen, a former artistic director of the Wynn Las Vegas salons, of making "false and defamatory" statements to the Wall Street Journal and ABC News.

Reuters failed to reach Nielsen for comment.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Nielsen said he was unaware of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

The sexual misconduct allegations against Wynn came up in an January Wall Street Journal article. Nielsen was one of the sources the newspaper named by name.

Reuters has not independently verified the allegations against Wynn.

Wynn, 76, has rejected the allegations as "absurd". The billionaire divested his entire 11.8 percent stake in Wynn Resorts in March.


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