The last couple of days have not been kind to those who would like to see a casino built in the Boston area. First, of course, was Sunday’s front-page above-the-fold blockbuster about Everett Mayor and Wynn Casino Booster-In-Chief Carlo DeMaria, who it turns out has been accused on numerous occasions of conduct that, if proven, would go beyond sexual harassment and verge on assault. The accusations, as reported by the Globe, come from four different women – and there are probably others – who seem to have little to do with one another (other than that a couple of them worked at Honey Dew Donut shops that DeMaria owns), and who have no discernible connection to the anti-casino movement (despite DeMaria’s almost-laughable suggestion that these accusations have been cranked up by those who don’t want a casino in Everett). And the accusations are ugly.
[S]he felt his hand on her thigh. The woman said she tried to get DeMaria to focus on the support program, but when she stood up, he wrapped his arms around her and groped her breast.
“He tried kissing me, all slobbery,” she said. “It was hard and aggressive.”
[Janice] Campo told police in 2005 that DeMaria had ordered her to remove her uniform top while they were alone in the Revere store and, when she refused, DeMaria pulled out scissors and suggested that he cut off the shirt, claiming he had medical training. He eventually “pulled down his pants, exposing his penis,” according to the police report. Later, after DeMaria had pulled his pants back up, he pulled on the woman’s right wrist “until her hand was placed against his penis,” according to the police report.
DeMaria lured [the first woman] into his private office under the pretext of looking at some rugs he had just purchased. Again, she said, DeMaria closed the door, began squeezing her breasts, and told her how beautiful she was.
[A different] woman told the Globe recently that, from the start of her city job, DeMaria called her to his office for no apparent reason, sometimes getting uncomfortably close and making inappropriate remarks.
“I was sitting there and DeMaria said, ‘You know, the only reason you got hired was that you have nice [breasts],’” the former employee recalled. “I didn’t really acknowledge what he said, but I left just as soon as I could.”
On another occasion, she said DeMaria tried to console her in the small private room behind his office after she had a heated dispute with a more senior employee over her job responsibilities — a dispute that left her afraid she might lose her job.
She had gone through the room to use an adjoining restroom, she said, and DeMaria was waiting for her when she emerged. She said she recalls him saying, “You can do no wrong in my eyes if you [provide oral sex.]’ …”
You get the idea. Needless to say, DeMaria flatly denies each and every allegation, and there is no objective proof, though there is some corroboration from others. Read the whole thing, and see what you think. But this, combined with DeMaria’s connections to some dubious characters involved with the proposed Wynn site, and his bizarre proposal to take the site by eminent domain as a way of cleansing the property of its problematic ownership history, would seem to give the Gaming Commission an awful lot to think about as they mull over who gets the Boston license.
Not to be outdone, though, today’s paper reports that Mohegan Sun, who would like to build a casino at Suffolk Downs in
East Boston Revere, appears to have acted in violation of an agreement that they had at the time with the owner of land in Palmer. The agreement prohibited Mohegan Sun from discussing a casino anywhere in MA except Palmer, but it turns out that the day after the Palmer referendum failed, Mohegan Sun was in communication with Suffolk Downs, even though the agreement was not terminated until two weeks later, after a recount confirmed that, indeed, Palmer had rejected the casino proposal.
Is the Mohegan Sun revelation merely a matter of i’s being dotted and t’s being crossed improperly? Maybe; at the end of the day, there was not going to be a casino in Palmer. Still, Mohegan Sun’s apparent failure to abide by the plain terms of an agreement certainly seems a relevant consideration for the Gaming Commission – and, indeed, it goes directly to the conduct of the entity seeking to build the casino, whereas the Everett business, as distasteful as it is, relates to the Mayor, not to Wynn.
All of this, it would seem, benefits the Yes On 3 folks.