This is a developing story.
According to multiple media sources, billionaire casino owner Steve Wynn has resigned from his position as Republican National Committee finance chairman. At least two Republican officials have told media this, although an official statement has not been released.
Politico was the first to report on the resignation, and GOP officials are being told now about it.
According to the report, more than 150 people spoke out against the 74-year-old businessman, with dozens accusing him of sexually inappropriate behavior.
In response, the board of directors of Wynn Resorts Ltd., of which Wynn is CEO, formed a special committee Friday to investigate the allegations, Reuters reported.
The company says it was committed to operating with the “highest ethical standards and maintaining a safe and respectful culture.”
In addition, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which is overseeing a roughly $2.5 billion resort that Wynn’s company is building in the Boston suburb of Everett, said its investigations and enforcement bureau will conduct a regulatory review of the allegations against Wynn.
“The suitability and integrity of our gaming licensees is of the utmost importance,” a commission spokeswoman said.
The most egregious allegation against Wynn in the Journal report comes from a manicurist who claims Wynn forced her into sex in 2005. She alleges Wynn pressured her to remove her clothes and lie down on a massage table in his private suite after she had given him a manicure.
The manicurist said she told Wynn she was married and didn’t want to have sex, but she did as she was told.
After the encounter, the women filed a detailed report with the hotel’s supervisor and the casino mogul later settled a lawsuit over the incident, reportedly paying the woman $7.5 million.
Wynn denies the allegations.