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Katherine Maddox, wife of Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox, undergoes counseling after striking husband


Steph Solis

June 3, 2019

Katherine Maddox, wife of CEO Matt Maddox, pleaded no contest last week to one count of domestic battery after an altercation with her husband at the Red Rock Resort in April, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Katherine Maddox, who pleaded no contest to one count of domestic battery earlier this month, must perform at least 48 hours of community service and undergo domestic violence counseling, the Review-Journal reported, citing court records.

Her attorney, David Chesnoff, confirmed the sentencing and said her conviction would be reduced to simple battery, a misdemeanor.

In a statement, Chesnoff and another defense attorney, Richard Schonfeld, wrote, “we are pleased to report that the case has been resolved in a positive manner and that Katherine has the complete love and support of her husband. The family asks that their privacy be respected.”

Matt Maddox took over Wynn Resorts in February 2018 after founder Steve Wynn stepped down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Maddox is credited with transforming Wynn Resorts from a founder-led company to an organization with multiple channels of oversight.

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The couple was celebrating their 17-year anniversary at the resort on April 27 when Katherine Maddox “became angry about something and hit” her husband twice in the face, the Review-Journal reported, citing the arrest report. Katherine Maddox told police the couple took an Uber home and that she “smacked him with an open hand multiple times” after he tried to grab her phone.

But the video surveillance from the casino showed Katherine Maddox striking her husband “four to five times in his face," shoving him and punching his jaw before she slapped the phone out of his hand, the Review-Journal reported.

Officers didn’t see any injuries on Maddox. He declined to give police a statement.

Maddox told the Review-Journal that the incident was a misunderstanding and no one was hurt.

“We are deeply in love and incredibly supportive of each other for over twenty years,” he wrote. "This has already been resolved in court. It is a private matter and will be my last comment.”

The incident happened three days after Massachusetts regulators hit Wynn Resorts with a historic $35 million fine and Matt Maddox with a $500,000 fine for the company’s response to sexual misconduct allegations against its founder.

Wynn Resorts announced last week it paid the $35.5 million fine and stood by Matt Maddox, despite the criticism from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The company plans to open its $2.6 billion Everett casino, Encore Boston Harbor, on June 23.

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