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Casino mogul Steve Wynn steps down as RNC chair after misconduct claims

FILE - This March 15, 2016, file photo, shows casino mogul Steve Wynn at a news conference in Medford, Mass. Wynn Resorts is denying multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault by its founder Steve Wynn, describing it as a smear campaign related
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Billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn stepped down as finance chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Saturday, a day after the Wall Street Journal reported a litany of sexual assault allegations against him stretching back years, which he strenuously denied. 

“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” the committee's spokeswoman, Ronna McDaniel, said in a one line statement quoted by US media. 

The RNC is the political leadership body for the US Republican party, to which Wynn is also a frequent donor. 

According to the Journal's report on Friday, Wynn paid a $7.5 million settlement to a Las Vegas manicurist after she said he forced her to have sex with him.  

Others contacted by the newspaper said Wynn demanded they perform sex acts on him during massage and other cosmetic appointments at salons on the site of his landmark Wynn Las Vegas casino on The Strip.

“Everybody was petrified,” the former artistic director of the salon was quoted as saying. 

Wynn said the idea he had ever assaulted a woman "preposterous" and the namesake company in which he has a 12% stake, Wynn Resorts, said no-one has ever filed a complaint about him through the firm's dedicated hotline. 

“We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits," Wynn said in a written statement. "It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”

The RNC has not yet said if they plan to do anything with the tens of thousands of donations from their former finance head, something Democratic lawmakers have sharply criticized. 

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