United States District Court, D. Nevada
ORDER RE: MOTION FOR DISCOVERY (ECF NO. 34)
FOLEY, JR. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
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.
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.
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
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 ...