Republicans Say They Are Keeping Money From Accused Sexual Harasser Steve Wynn: Report
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is keeping donations from its former finance chair Steve Wynn despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, CNN reports.
When allegations of sexual assault were levied against movie producer and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein last year, the RNC publicly called on Democrats to return his donations. So far, the RNC has declined to return contributions from Wynn, who donated $375,000 to the committee late last year alone.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has said that Wynn is entitled to “due process” and noted that “he has denied the allegations.”
McDaniel told Fox News last week that if any wrongdoing were found, the RNC would return 100% of Wynn’s donations, but that they are keeping the money for now.
Wynn, a prominent Las Vegas casino mogul and fervent Donald Trump supporter, reportedly paid out $7.5 million to ensure a woman whom he allegedly raped would keep quiet, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reported over the weekend that the board of Wynn Resorts canceled an outside investigation into employee allegations of sexual misconduct by Wynn after the casino magnate resigned from the company.
Asked Sunday how the board’s decision to end the outside investigation would affect the RNC’s determination about returning Wynn’s donations, RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens pointed to ongoing investigations by gaming regulators in both Massachusetts and Nevada.