If the reports turn out to be true, media titan VICE’s CEO, Shane Smith might have out-“Shaned” himself last month.
The executive,who is notorious for lavish spending, reportedly paid a staggering $300,000 for a private dinner in Las Vegas last month at the Bellagio's Prime Steakhouse during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January, Bloomberg reported, citing an anonymous source who attended the party.
During an earnings call earlier this week, MGM Resorts confirmed that an "unnamed guest" spent $300,000 on a feast at Prime during the Consumer Electronics Show.
In addition, David Carr, The New York Times columnist who died suddenly last week, had hinted at Smith’s massive gambling win in January on Twitter.
No brainer quiz. What media co exec did I watch win $100k at blackjack last nite?— davidcarr (@carr2n) January 6, 2015
Hint: gambling not his only vice.— davidcarr (@carr2n) January 6, 2015
Apparently Smith’s purported lavish dinner is making news because his organization has previously been accused of not paying its employees enough while spending thousands on party and drugs.
Last May, Gawker reported that contrary to what people believe “working at Vice media is not as cool as it seems” because the company pays “shitty wages to low-level employees, ‘compensating’ them instead with the sheer coolness of working for Vice Media.”
In response to Gawker’s accusations, Smith reportedly personally delivered a $1,500 bonus to each employee at Vice's holiday party in December.