RNC finance chair paid $7.5 million to keep rape allegations secret: report
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.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a manicurist at Wynn’s flagship casino in 2005 told one of her colleagues that Wynn had forced her to have sex with him.
“After she gave Mr. Wynn a manicure, she said, he pressured her to take her clothes off and told her to lie on the massage table he kept in his office suite,” The Journal’s sources claim. “The manicurist said she told Mr. Wynn she didn’t want to have sex and was married, but he persisted in his demands that she do so, and ultimately she did disrobe and they had sex.”
When the manicurist’s supervisor got wind of the allegations, she gave the casino’s human resources department a detail write up of what had happened. In response, Wynn eventually paid the manicurist a $7.5 million settlement, the Journal’s sources say.
The manicurist was not the only person who worked at one of Wynn’s casinos to accuse him of sexual misconduct either, as the Journal interviewed dozens of his current or former employees who “told of behavior that cumulatively would amount to a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” by Wynn that included “pressuring employees to perform sex acts.”
Wynn, whom President Donald Trump has in the past described as a “great friend,” became RNC finance chair shortly after Trump was elected president.