This blog usually avoids the gossip items found on, say, Page Six of the New York Post. But hey, it is Friday. And the long-running legal battle between Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and ‘Girls Gone Wild’ impresario Joe Francis is just too rich to pass up.
Wynn and Francis have been locked in legal battles for four years. Like many disagreements involving rich guys with giant egos, the latest lawsuit centers around money. Wynn claims Francis owes him money. Francis says Wynn threatened to kill him.
Francis said in 2010 Wynn threatened to “hit me in the back of the head with a shovel and bury me in the desert” — the sort of “terrible lie,” Wynn denied the allegation and testified this week, that such a comment could damage his reputation and that of his gambling empire.
That’s right, Joe. Wynn is trying to run an upstanding gambling business in Las Vegas. Albeit one that profits by separating gamblers from their money. Wynn’s casino company is under investigation for violation of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, for potential bribery issues in China. The last thing Wynn needs is a porn purveyor claiming he tried to have him whacked.
The legal fight would be funny if it didn’t underscore the types of characters casinos often associate with. In fact, casinos have long been known to attract mobsters and other sleazy characters. The dispute with Francis is just the latest chapter.