Who Is Steve Wynn? Las Vegas Mogul and Trump's 'Great Friend' Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Steve Wynn, "great friend" of Donald Trump and billionaire casino mogul, allegedly had a pattern of sexual assault, abuse and rape, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Friday.

The Wall Street Journal describes a manicurist who, in 2005, left an appointment in Wynn's office sobbing. She allegedly told multiple people that Wynn pressured her to remove her clothes and lie on his massage table in his office. According to the Journal, she told Wynn she didn't want to have sex, but ultimately, he convinced her to do so against her will.

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The woman told her supervisor, who filed a report to Wynn's casino's human resources department. As a result, Wynn paid her a $7.5 million settlement, according to multiple anonymous sources who spoke to the Journal.

This wasn't the only incident of sexual misconduct by Wynn, sources told the Journal. They said his behavior was part of a "decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct" in which he "pressured employees to perform sex acts."

In response to the allegations of sexual misconduct, Wynn said that "the idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous."

He continued, in a written statement obtained by the Journal saying: "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. It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation."

Within the first hour of The Wall Street Journal publishing the story, Wynn Resorts stock dropped 6 percent in trading, according to CNBC.

Steve Wynn, one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas and a man who Trump has called a “great friend,” engaged in a pattern of sexual misconduct and pressured employees to perform sex acts, according to dozens of interviews conducted by the WSJ. https://t.co/wj9nBBH1yZ

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 26, 2018

Wynn and President Donald Trump have had a public relationship for years. In 2016, Trump called Wynn a "great friend" whose advice he valued, according to the Journal. After Trump's election, Wynn became the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee and was scheduled to host Trump's inauguration celebration in January 2018 alongside RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, according to The Hill.

But Trump and Wynn haven't always been so close, and the two were once casino-business rivals.

"He's an incompetent…all hat, no cattle," Wynn told The Wall Street Journal in 1996. Trump called Wynn an "underachiever," and, according to The Daily Beast, "much worse."

No matter the rocky connection between the president and the casino mogul, the incident has raised questions about how the GOP will handle the allegations. After the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which stories of sexual misconduct in Hollywood began surfacing with the Me Too movement, the GOP called for the Democratic National Convention to return Weinstein's donations.

"What will the @GOP do about Steve Wynn?" journalist Yashar Ali posed on Twitter. "It's a fair question. The allegations in the WSJ story are horrendous and they spoke to over 100 sources."

Tweet from October 9, 2017.

What will the @GOP do about Steve Wynn? It's a fair question. The allegations in the WSJ story are horrendous and they spoke to over 100 sources. https://t.co/k9TC8uNnkJ https://t.co/S1I1eyqGhi

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 26, 2018