Leading Republican resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations

Los Angeles -- Hotel mogul Steve Wynn stepped down from his position as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Saturday after dozens of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against him.

"Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair," RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
The announcement comes a day after the Wall Street Journal said that dozens of people it interviewed accused Wynn of sexually inappropriate behaviour. Some were former employees who said he pressured them to perform sex acts on him.
One accuser, a manicurist, told the paper that Wynn pressured her to undress and lie down on a massage table in his private suite.
She later received a 7.5-million-dollar sum to settle a lawsuit over the incident, the newspaper said.
The billionaire has denied the allegations and told the paper the accusations were instigated by his former wife Elaine Wynn, with whom he is involved in a "terrible and nasty" lawsuit over a divorce settlement.
In a statement released Saturday evening and quoted by various US media, Wynn confirmed his resignation and acknowledged the "distraction" caused by the controversy.
"The unbelievable success we have achieved must continue," he said.
"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."
Wynn, whose 76th birthday is on Saturday, is well-known in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he built some of the city's most lavish casino-hotels.
He also owns two casinos in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.
Wynn, who President Donald Trump called a "great friend" during the 2016 presidential campaign, had held the position as the RNC's finance chairman since early 2017.


Sunday, January 28th 2018
By Antje Weser

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