Steve Wynn: The Las Vegas Feud King.
Unless you live in a bubble, which is exactly what George Clooney called life in Vegas, you know there was some sort of heated exchange between the two last month while dining out together. This spat has been dragged out for weeks, with both pissed off parties making public comments about what really went down. George usually manages to keep a low profile, with most media attention being about the latest babe by his side, but Steve? Let’s just say he’s been known to stir the pot in the past.
In a feud that could have been a subplot to the movie Casino, Steve Wynn supposedly tried to settle a gambling debt held by the Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis by threatening to kill him and bury the body in the sand. Joe Francis made that threat public and Steve was quick to file a slander suit, which he won to the tune of 20 million dollars. The girls may still be going wild, but you sure as hell won’t be seeing their bare boobs at Encore.
Did you hear the one about the hotel tycoon who had the billionaire investor booted from his board of directors? On the basis of some questionable, so-called evidence of gift giving to foreign officials, Wynn Resorts ousted Steve’s good friend Kazuo Okada from their midst. Okada claims the move was made because Steve Wynn felt threatened by his majority hold over Wynn resorts. Steve, and the Wynn Resorts empire, are keeping mum.
When a balding president wanna-be is publicly calling someone a scumbag, you just know there’s a juicy story buried there. Was it over the love a showgirl? Nope. Donald Trump and Steve Wynn have been at war for years over plans for an Atlantic City highway and Wynn Hotel that would.. get this.. block the view of the Trump empire on the boardwalk. Since then it has been a series of name calling, executive stealing, child’s play antics. Seriously guys, get your trucks out of the sandbox and go home before your mamas start looking for you.
The latest Steve Wynn feud started out as dinner with friends and has quickly escalated into the most talked about celebrity argument since Elton John publicly dissed Madonna. With so much he said/he said still going on weeks after the incident, it’s getting hard to figure out how the feud got started in the first place. Did Steve Wynn really call the president an a-hole? He is publicly denying this, and pointing the blame at George’s inflated celebrity ego mixed with 16 shots of tequila. The 16 tequila shots are where the head scratching should start. Nine suits out for a casual dinner and you’re counting how many drinks the guy across from you has had? Either you’re full of it, or you’re looking for a bro-mance.
On the other side is the normally low key George, who at least has the balls to admit to calling Steve an a-hole among other things. Where he loses it is by keeping the drama rolling with a well written, public statement blasting Steve Wynn and calling him a storyteller. He should have just held his tongue, and kept his dignity, by not bothering to acknowledge what most of us already had figured out was a load of crap. It’s doubtful that Obama was impressed.
Since history has a way of repeating itself, don’t expect these two boys to kiss and make up anytime soon. We all know Steve Wynn is superb at building hotels, but he sucks at apologizing.