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Wynn v. Bloom

United States District Court, D. Nevada

May 2, 2019

STEVE WYNN, an individual, Plaintiffs,
v.
LISA BLOOM, an individual; and THE BLOOM FIRM, a California Professional Corporation, Defendants.

          ORDER RE: MOTION FOR DISCOVERY (ECF NO. 34)

          GEORGE FOLEY, JR. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff Steve Wynn's Motion for Discovery to Respond to Defendants' Special Motion to Dismiss Pursuant to NRS 41.660 (ECF No. 34), filed on March 26, 2019. Defendants filed their Opposition (ECF No. 41) on April 10, 2019, and Plaintiff filed his Reply (ECF No. 43) on April 17, 2019. The Court conducted a hearing in this matter on April 24, 2019.

         BACKGROUND

         On March 13, 2018, attorney Lisa Bloom of the Bloom Firm sent a letter to the attorneys for Steve Wynn stating that her law firm represented Angelina Mullins regarding her claims against Mr. Wynn arising out of her performance contract with the entertainment show “Showstoppers” at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino. Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 18), Exhibit 21 (March 13, 2018 Letter). The letter stated that “Ms. Mullins was subjected to an unprofessional, demeaning, and sexually objectifying demand: that every single time Mr. Wynn came to rehearsal, Ms. Mullins was to strip down to a bra and ‘booty shorts' or panties, freshen her makeup, and wear high-heels. She was required to make every effort to become as sexually pleasing to Mr. Wynn as possible. She would then be paraded in front of Mr. Wynn either through dancer inspections or through short rehearsals of particularly sexy numbers. Ms. Mullins regularly refused to comply with this demand, and she suffered retaliation for her refusal. We present you this letter in an effort to negotiate a pre-litigation settlement of Ms. Mullins' legal claims.” Id. at pg. 1. The factual allegations were further spelled out in the letter. Ms. Bloom gave Mr. Wynn's attorneys five days to contact her regarding possible mediation. Id. at 4. Mr. Wynn's attorneys did not respond to the letter.

         On March 22, 2018, Ms. Bloom and the Bloom Firm issued a public press release entitled “NEW WOMAN ACCUSES STEVE WYNN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT VIA HER ATTORNEY LISA BLOOM”. Complaint (ECF No. 1), Exhibit 1 (March 22, 2018 press release). The March 22, 2018 press release stated as follows:

I represent a new woman alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against Steve Wynn. She has not spoken to the media and she wishes to remain anonymous at this time. Here is her story.
My client is a highly skilled professional dancer, currently on a national tour. She danced on Broadway before she was hired to dance for the show "Showstoppers" at the Wynn Las Vegas from late 2014 through late 2016.
“Showstoppers” was not a nude nor a semi-nude show.
During rehearsals, dancers would normally wear jazz pants, tank tops, or other casual fitness wear. Yet when Mr. Wynn stopped in to the rehearsals, which he did often when he was in town, the female dancers were instructed immediately to strip down to bras and panties, put on heels, and apply extra makeup so as to be sexually appealing to Mr. Wynn.
Mr. Wynn would then sit in the front row of the theater and leer while the female performers danced particularly physically revealing segments of the show.
Many cast members, including my client, considered Mr. Wynn's demands humiliating.
My client was disgusted by Mr. Wynn's behavior. She considered his demands unprofessional and demeaning. And so she would often not strip down, or would do so only partially. These small acts of rebellion in the face of the most powerful man in Las Vegas were followed by her being sent to the back of dance routines, or removed from show routines altogether. The experience was highly stressful and upsetting to her.
Witnesses who worked on the show have confirmed our client's allegations about Mr. Wynn's offensive behavior to us.
We have sent letters to attorneys for Mr. Wynn and Wynn Resorts about these acts of sexual harassment and retaliation and have yet ...

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