November 27, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has lost a defamation lawsuit against the National Jewish Democratic Council.
Adelson had asked for $60 million in damages, arguing the council libeled him by saying his political contributions are tainted by prostitution.
On Monday, a federal judge in Manhattan found that the council's speech was protected. Adelson is chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a major Republican donor.
The lawsuit accused the council of "assassinating" Adelson's character by saying he personally approved of prostitution in resorts owned by Sands China Limited, a Las Vegas Sands subsidiary.
The council argued its reports referencing mainstream press accounts were "wholly appropriate."
A fired former executive made allegations in a court filing that Adelson knew about prostitution at his casinos. Adelson denies wrongdoing.