Casino magnate Steve Wynn reportedly perpetrated 'decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct'

MARCH 15 2016 FILE

Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul who now serves as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, paid out $7.5 million to ensure a woman whom he allegedly raped would keep quiet.

In a lengthy statement, Wynn and his company both attributed the allegations to a campaign led by Wynn's ex-wife, Elaine Wynn. The manicurist says Wynn, 75, repeatedly asked her to take her clothes off and lie naked on a massage table that Wynn perennially kept in his office.

The Journal said it spoke to "dozens of people" who allege other misconduct by Wynn, whose name has for years been synonymous with his casino empire; his net worth is estimated at $3.8 billion. "It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation".

In a statement to the Journal, Wynn called the allegations "preposterous" and blamed his ex-wife, due to some allegations surfacing in a lawsuit regarding her share of the company's stocks.

The allegations of sexual assaults and harassment could jeopardize the Wynn Resorts casino now under construction in Everett because its state-granted gaming license is based on a suitability review that looks at the applicant's "integrity, honesty, good character and reputation".

The onetime business rival of Donald Trump was a supporter of the president's 2016 campaign before taking on a leadership role in the Republican Party. He responded to the allegations in a statement to the W.S.J. "They told of female employees hiding in the bathroom or back rooms when they learned he was on the way to the salon".




The gravest allegation concerns a woman who worked as aWynn resort manicurist, who said that in 2005, Wynn pressured her into sex after she gave him a manicure in his office.

Wynn Resorts board forms special committee "comprised exclusively of independent directors to investigate allegations" in today's WSJ story about CEO Steve Wynn.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. said there has never been a complaint made about Wynn to the company's independent hotline for reporting harassment. Steve Wynn also helped develop such Las Vegas hotel-casino properties as the Bellagio, the Mirage and Treasure Island.

Following are the responses sent to CNN by the company and Steve Wynn. He was also a vice chair of Trump's inauguration committee.

Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor, contributing more than $600,000 to GOP causes past year, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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