Wynn Resorts files lawsuit over ‘melee’ at Strip casino

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Steve Marcus

An exterior view of the Encore hotel-casino Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Fri, Sep 11, 2020 (5:03 p.m.)

Wynn Resorts is punching back following what the company described as a melee at its Encore casino over Labor Day weekend.

Wynn is suing 15 to 20 unnamed people involved in a fight in the resort lobby, according to a lawsuit filed today in Clark County District Court.

The company said it was conducting an investigation and would “spare no expense or effort” to identify those involved.

Wynn is seeking at least $15,000 in damages, along with attorney fees and court costs.

“While their actions may have been isolated and lasted only moments, the damage they caused to Wynn and to the gaming industry, still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, is incalculable,” the lawsuit says.

According to the complaint, just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a man “made it rain” by throwing cash into the air near the resort’s lobby bar.

A crowd began to form, and as a group of people was being escorted from the property by security, a man punched another person who was making his way into the building, the complaint says.

A melee ensued in which a man swung a liquor bottle and hit several people, according to the complaint. Two security guards were also hit by multiple men, the complaint says.

Wynn Resorts will not “sit idly by when anyone engages in mayhem” and will “aggressively pursue all options to hold these individuals accountable even after they flee from Wynn’s buildings and away from Nevada borders,” the complaint says.

The episode was among a number of violent incidents on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas over the holiday weekend, according to Metro Police.

Officers arrested nearly 30 people on Sept. 4 in the downtown area, police said. Nobody was seriously injured in any of the incidents, police said.

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