>> After an explosive Wall Street Journal report citing dozens of sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn, Republicans are facing calls to return his political donations. The 76 year old is not only a donor, but the finance chair for the Republican party and a man once deemed terrific by the President.
In a statement Friday, the DNC which had been repeatedly hammered by the Republicans over Harvey Weinstein's political contributions, noted the GOP's silence over Wynn's donations. The Wall Street Journal said it contacted over 150 people who work or had worked for Steve Wynn for the story, detailing multiple incidents of alleged sexual misconduct with employees.
In one, a manicurist claimed she was forced to have sex with Wynn, shortly after the flagship Wynn Las Vegas opened in 2015. The report, citing people familiar with the matter, said that she was later paid a $7.5 million settlement. Reuters could not independently verify the allegations, which the billionaire denied as preposterous in a statement Friday.
The board of directors of Wynn Resorts said it had met to form a special committee of independent directors to investigate the claims. Wynn Resorts stock plunged over 10% Friday following the report.