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Wynn Resorts Removes Security Head After He Admits To Spying

FILE - This June 17, 2014 photo shows the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore resorts in Las Vegas, both owned and operated by Wynn Resorts. (John Locher/ AP File Photo)
FILE - This June 17, 2014 photo shows the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore resorts in Las Vegas, both owned and operated by Wynn Resorts. (John Locher/ AP File Photo)

Wynn Resorts has removed its security chief after he acknowledged spying on employees following allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.

CEO Matthew Maddox disclosed Saturday's firing of executive vice president of corporate security James Stern in a legal brief to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released Tuesday.

Stern told the commission last week he'd surveilled company co-founder Elaine Wynn and four employees, including one named in The Wall Street Journal's 2018 report about the misconduct allegations. Maddox maintains he had only "minimal" and "partial" knowledge of the spying.

Steve Wynn has denied the sexual misconduct allegations but resigned as CEO last year.

The commission is deliberating whether Wynn Resorts is still suitable to hold a casino license as it plans to open Encore Boston Harbor in June.

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