Hard Rock Las Vegas Hit With Fine $500,000 Fine


LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has a been hit with a major fine over allegations of drug sales by employees, and toleration of public sex acts and prostitution on the hotel premises.

The allegations against the Hard Rock stem from a complaint to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board which detailed problems at the hotel's nightclubs, which included excessive drunkenness, public sex acts, date rape, prostitution, inappropriate service charges, drug abuse and distribution, violence, admittance of minors, and failure to cooperate with law enforcement, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Subsequent investigations by the Board conducted in November 2009 found that Hard Rock hosts and security officers allegedly sold cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) to undercover officers and provided locked private restrooms for drug consumption and sex acts. During the investigation, a hotel-casino VIP revealed to the officer that he was under the influence of MDMA and offered to facilitate a purchase.

The Hard Rock has settled the matter by paying a $500,000 fine along with an additional $75,000 to the Gaming Control Board and Las Vegas Police to cover the cost of the investigations, the Sun said.

In the wake of the allegations, Hard Rock International released a statement which noted that no employee of Hard Rock International were involved in the activities which led to the complaint. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers