Steve Wynn, the Finance Chair of the RNC and a man President Trump described as a great friend, has been accused by dozens of people of sexual misconduct, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Wynn is also the Chief Executive of Wynn Resorts, which did not immediately reply to Reuters requests for comment.
According to dozens of interviews by the WSJ (subscription link), the man President Trump has called a “great friend,” pressured employees to perform sex acts.
Here’s example the paper gave in detail:
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, according to people she gave the account to. 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, the people remember her saying.
The newspaper reported that Wynn denied the accusations, “The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.”
Sexual misconduct is rampant on both sides of the aisle. The difference can be seen in the recent response and reaction to the accusations. Democrats have forced successful, beloved members to step down like Senator Al Franken, while Republicans elevated Donald Trump to the presidency in spite of his being caught on tape bragging about sexual assault and being accused by at least 19 women.
Then, Republicans actually put their money behind accused child sexual assaulter Roy Moore as he ran for Senate, and the Republican President actually campaigned for Moore even though at least 8 women came forward with charges against the Republican Judge, four of whom accused Moore of sexual misconduct while they were in their teens.
It’s no surprise that a good friend of Donald Trump’s would be accused of sexual misconduct. It’s also no surprise that he is the Finance Chair of the RNC. This is what the Republican Party is known for right now- putting a known sexual assaulter in the White House.
Wynn Resorts shares were down 5.2 percent at $190.24 in midday trade.
(Additional reporting by Pranav Kiran in Bengaluru for Reuters)