In news that will shock tens of you, another powerful man has been accused of sexual harassment. Today, that man is Republican finance chair and Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn. You might've heard of him. He runs The Wynn Resorts and was involved in the construction of major Las Vegas properties such as the Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore casinos. The billionaire has donated millions to Republicans and was named the Republican National Committee's finance chair last year after claiming that Donald Trump, another alleged sexual assaulter, personally asked him to take the job.
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The allegations against Wynn come from a new bombshell report by Alexandra Berzon, Chris Kirkham, Elizabeth Bernstein, and Kate O'Keeffe in the Wall Street Journal. According to over 150 people they talked to for the report, Wynn has spent decades sexually harassing his employees.
The alleged harassment and pressure to perform sex acts was so widespread that women reportedly took steps to protect each other. "Former employees said they sometimes entered fake appointments in the books to help other female workers get around a request for services in Mr. Wynn's office or arranged for others to pose as assistants so they wouldn't be alone with him," they report. "They told of female employees hiding in the bathroom or back rooms when they learned he was on the way to the salon."
The women feared repercussions and, on top of potentially losing their jobs, would feel physically intimidated in some cases, as Wynn would often allegedly make sexual requests in small office spaces with one or more of his German shepherds present.
In 2005, Wynn allegedly forced one woman to have sex with him, stating: "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."
Wynn has, naturally, denied all allegations in a written statement and blamed the allegations on his ex-wife Elaine Wynn, "with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement."