Following allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, Steve Wynn has stepped down from the position of Republican finance chair.
After dozens of former and current employees at his casinos accused the billionaire of creating a hostile work environment, the committee accepted his resignation.
"Today I accepted Steve Wynn's resignation as Republican National Committee Finance Chair," said RNC Chairperson Ronna McDaniel in a statement.
While announcing his resignation, Wynn called the controversy a "distraction."
"Effective today I am resigning as finance chairman of the RNC. The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue. The work we are doing to make America a better place is too important to be impaired by this distraction. I thank the president for the opportunity to serve and wish him continued success," the casino magnate wrote in a statement.
The Republican National Committee has found itself at the center of a sex abuse scandal after dozens of women came forward to accuse Las Vegas casino mogul and GOP finance chair Steve Wynn of forcing female employees at his casinos to perform sexual acts, creating a hostile work environment.
The Wall Street Journal unleashed the bombshell report, accusing the Republican official of sexual harassment and misconduct after workers at his gambling establishment shared their stories of alleged chronic abuse at the hands of the casino magnate.
The 76-year-old apparently made lewd comments and inappropriately touched a number of female workers. Manicurists and massage therapists at his gambling establishments were often harassed and one employee was even forced into having sex with Wynn, she said. He also pressured a masseuse to pleasure him, said the report.
Current and former employees told the publication that Wynn frequently walked around in short shorts while he was not wearing an underwear, exposing his genitals when he sat down to receive a pedicure. The billionaire was also accused of propositioning female employees in his private office and even allegedly asking a former executive to get him the phone numbers of casino cocktail waitresses.
“Everybody was petrified,” said Jorgen Nielsen, a former artistic director at the resort’s on-site salon. She also mentioned how the terrified female employees would hide in bathrooms and back closets when they heard Wynn approach.
One former employee, who Wynn allegedly harassed, told the Journal she tried to laugh off his advances.
“I would say, ‘Oh Mr. Wynn,’” she recounted. “I was just trying to get on with my job.”
The employees explained they were hesitant to speak about Wynn’s atrocities because of the influence he holds in the casino industry.
According to a Forbes estimate, the casino mogul is worth over $3.5 billion.
More than 150 current or former Wynn employees accused him of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, but the billionaire has denied the allegations.
What is even more disturbing is that he blamed the allegations on his ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, who is suing him to lift restrictions preventing her from selling her stock in Wynn Resorts Limited.
"The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous," he told Reuters in an email. "The instigation of these accusations is the continued work of my ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement."
According to court documents, the couple first married in 1963 and divorced in 1986. They then remarried in 1991 and divorced again in 2010. In an intense legal battle, Elaine sued her former spouse in 2016 seeking to gain control over her 9.4 percent stock in Wynn Resorts.
The lawsuit accused her ex-husband of breaching a 2010 stockholder agreement by engineering her ouster from the company's board.
Wynn owns nearly 11.8 percent of his company, which give him a stake worth close to $2.2 billion.
A spokesperson for Wynn Resorts refused to comment on whether the businessman intends to step down from his role in the RNC.
The RNC also did not comment on the allegations against Wynn.
In a statement to HuffPost, the Wynn Resorts representative said the company is “committed to operating with the highest ethical standards and maintaining a safe and respectful culture.”
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