Hard Rock in Las Vegas settles drug case

Without admitting guilt, hotel agrees to pay over $650,000 for illegal activities taking place in casino restrooms

Published December 30, 2010 9:40PM (EST)

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a complaint from state gambling regulators that employees sold drugs and let patrons use private bathrooms for sex and drugs.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the hotel agreed Wednesday to pay the fine without admitting or denying allegations. But the hotel acknowledges that regulators could have proved their case at a hearing.

The hotel's chief executive said in a statement Thursday that the hotel takes the issues seriously and has made changes to address them.

The settlement includes a $500,000 fine and $150,000 to reimburse police and Nevada Gaming Control Board investigators for the cost of an undercover operation.

The casino-hotel is owned separately from the restaurant chain with the same name.

By Oskar Garcia

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