Elliott Broidy Resigns From RNC After Reports of $1.6 Million Payment to Playboy Playmate

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Elliott Broidy, a prominent GOP fundraiser, resigned his post as deputy national finance chairman at the Republican National Committee Friday, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

The resignation, first published by the Wall Street Journal, comes just two hours after the paper published a story about a secret $1.6 million hush payment to a former Playboy model, who said Broidy had impregnated her.

The 2017 non-disclosure agreement was brokered by the President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is also a member of the RNC’s finance committee. Cohen will remain in his post, according to the WSJ.

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Mr. Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, was a vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party. He personally helped raise more than $108 million during the 2016 presidential race and donated $160,000 to the RNC.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Broidy told the WSJ in a statement. “At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”

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Mr. Cohen didn’t respond to requests for comment. Keith Davidson, a spokesman for the woman’s lawyer, would not confirm or deny reports of the agreement.

As TheWrap reported in 2016, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony in 2009, by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

Broidy avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expenses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family.

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Steve Wynn Steps Down as RNC Finance Chair Following Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Steve Wynn has stepped down as Republican National Committee (RNC) finance chair. The casino mogul had been accused of dozens of acts of sexual misconduct — including forcing one employee to have sex — in a Friday report from the Wall Street Journal.

“Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee finance chair,” RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement on Saturday.

A replacement for Wynn has not yet been named.

TheWrap reached out to Wynn for a statement on today’s news, but we did not immediately hear back.

Also Read: Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Dozens of Women (Report)

A manicurist at Wynn’s flagship casino, Wynn Las Vegas, told the WSJ that in 2005 shortly after the opening of his namesake casino, Wynn “pressured her to take her clothes off” and have sex, despite insisting otherwise and telling him that she was married. The woman filed a human resources complaint and was later paid a $7.5 million settlement, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The payment was pointed to in a lawsuit from Wynn’s ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, and admitted by Wynn’s attorney. Wynn Resorts, in a statement to the WSJ, said she is trying to “tarnish the reputation of Mr. Wynn in an attempt to pressure a revised divorce settlement.”

Wynn told the WSJ that “the idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous.”

The report outlines several claims of inappropriate behavior from Wynn, stretching across decades. One former massage therapist said Wynn would take off his towel and instruct her to “massage his penis to climax.” She felt she “had no choice but to agree,” since Wynn was her boss. At later appointments, he asked her to perform oral sex, but she refused, according to the report.

Another worker said Wynn made similar inappropriate massage requests, but eventually relented after being told it made the woman uncomfortable.

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Other ex-employees said Wynn would walk around in “extremely short shorts without underwear,” and would often sit in a position where his genitals were exposed. Another employee said Wynn spent weeks pursuing her — at one point asking, “so when are you going to come into my office and f– me?” In one instance, Wynn grabbed her and tried to kiss her, but she “slipped out,” according to the report.

Wynn is known as one of the leading builders in Las Vegas. The 75-year-old was involved in numerous projects, including the Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island casinos. His 12 percent stake in Wynn Resorts is worth more than $2 billion. But the company’s stock took a beating on Friday, falling 7 percent to about $186 per share after the report was published.

Read the full WSJ report here.

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