In the latest nightlife industry crackdown, random drug testing was conducted Friday on large numbers of nightclub and Rehab managers and employees at the Hard Rock Hotel, sources said.
The move comes less than a month after the Hard Rock hired a new president and CEO, Joseph Magliarditi.
Magliarditi, in a statement issued to Vegas Confidential on Sunday night, said, “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a zero-tolerance policy that is instituted for all hotel employees.
“Random drug testing is a proactive approach that is implemented by the hotel to ensure that all employees abide by the appropriate rules and regulations.”
The Hard Rock’s nightclub side, including the Rehab pool party, has been operated for several years by a management group that included Cory McCormack, senior director of nightlife development at Hard Rock, Greg Costello and Mike Myers.
There have been recent rumblings that nightlife giant Light Group was in discussions about managing the nightlife side of the Hard Rock, and a source said the Hard Rock was moving to oust the current nightlife management group. But Magliarditi said the Hard Rock is not in talks with Light Group.
The sources said everyone involved in nightclub operations was instructed to report for a tip compliance meeting Friday.
When the managers and employees arrived, they were informed that drug testing was taking place.
Hair and urine samples were taken.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
When the economic meltdown put Lake Las Vegas on the brink of bankruptcy, developer Ron Boeddekker went looking for saviors. One of his calls was to Las Vegas deal-maker Jack Wishna: “He asked me to get Donald Trump to buy all of Lake Las Vegas before he lost it for good. We couldn’t save it in time.” Boeddekker died Saturday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a battle with cancer. He was 71. ...
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Canadian Olympic ice skating star Elvis Stojko, marrying Gladys Guadalupe Orozco Montemayor on Sunday at the Little Church of the West. ... Actor-rocker Juliette Lewis, her hair dyed a bright blue, with friends at Munch Bar in Caesars Palace to celebrate her 37th birthday. Her friends serenaded her with “Happy Birthday,” and she left about 4 a.m. wearing one of the eatery’s “Munch Me” hats. UFC star Rich Franklin, having the cast on his broken arm signed by Chuck Liddell at Saturday’s UFC fights at the Palms. Franklin broke his arm during his first-round win over Liddell in Seattle on June 12. Also at the Palms fights: Flavor Flav and Dr. Linda Li of “Dr. 90210.” The Venetian headliner Wayne Brady, testing the trampolines Saturday at Sky Zone. ... Brad Garrett, stopping in Casa di Amore on Friday to hang out with his new opening act, crooner George Bugatti. Garrett opens his comedy club at the Tropicana on June 28.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Rep. Joe Barton of Texas took it upon himself to apologize to BP CEO Tony Hayward for a political ‘shakedown.’ He later apologized for his apology and explained that he hadn’t seen the news in two months and didn’t know that BP recently destroyed the ocean.” — Jimmy Kimmel