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Steve Wynn resigns as Republican finance chairman

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Steve Wynn, in this undated photo. (FOX5) Steve Wynn, in this undated photo. (FOX5)
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Steve Wynn resigned Saturday as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Wynn heads Wynn Resorts -- most prominently known for the Wynn and Encore hotel casinos in Las Vegas.

Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor and led the committee's fundraising efforts during President Donald Trump's first year -- helping the committee garner more than $130 million.

In his own words, Wynn described being accused of misconduct as “deplorable.”

"It's never a good thing when someone that you considered a hero, has terrible accusations cast on him,” conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root said. “Maybe just maybe, he's not a hero."

That’s how Root, who is also a former politician said he feels, unsure of what to believe of the man he looked up to, amid claims first reported in the Wall Street Journal. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Wynn allegedly forced a manicurist to have sex with him, then paid that manicurist $7.5 million in a settlement. 

"I think it’s 'he said she said.'" “No one has a right to ruin someone’s career over he said she said, but I say it all with a pause and concern, knowing he  quickly resigned this morning," Root said.

Maria-Theresa Liebermann, Deputy Director of Battle Born Progress, said that resignation is a good thing.

"Part of the problem with sexual misconduct is that these people, like Steve Wynn ... use their power to have this pattern of basically abusing and harassing people sexually," Liebermann said.

However, some like Root, questioned the timing of the allegations. 

"How come no one ever made a charge when he wasn’t in politics?” Root asked. “Steve Wynn becomes head of the RNC Finance and lots of women come forward. Where were they for the last 30 years when he was a casino head?” 

"I don’t think they have a time limit,” Liebermann said. “People that suffer through that abuse or harassment; they don’t get that time limit.”

Wynn claimed his ex-wife is fueling the rumors, and pointed to a bitter battle with a divorce settlement.

His ex-wife refuted that claim. 

Root said, regardless of the outcome, one thing will always be true about Wynn. 

"You know what doesn’t change, no matter what they claim he did?" Root asked. "Steve Wynn is one of the great architects in the history of Vegas’ success.”

Other politicians said these new accusations prove that the #MeToo movement is here to stay. 

"I think the 'MeToo' movement is going to have a lasting impact,” Rep. Bill Foster, (D) Illinois said. "It should, on the culture of our country and I hope the political culture of our country as well.”

Steve Wynn has also contributed major finances to the Republican Party. The casino mogul joined the RNC as its top fundraiser after Donald Trump was elected president. According to the Federal Election Commission, Wynn also donated thousands to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R) Pennsylvania said "If allegations are true, then yes, I think you would have to give back contributions. Contributions would have to be refunded. Apparently Steve Wynn has contributed to members of both parties."

Rep. John Garamendi (D) California: "Well, obviously, what happens in Vegas is not staying in Vegas. This is a major, a major new development, and we'll see how it plays out. As it does play out, if it proves that there is more than just an unhappy divorcee, then we'll see.  In that case there's going to be a lot of money returned.

The non-partisan group Battle Born Progress will host a panel called "Believe Women." They said it's to create a safe place for men and woman to discuss the issues and hearing from men and woman who have dealt with sexual assault personally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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