Adelson's $60 million demand
August 8th, 2012
06:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Adelson's $60 million demand

Washington (CNN) - Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson filed a $60 million libel suit Wednesday against the National Jewish Democratic Council and its top officers, charging the group with falsely claiming he approved of prostitution at casinos his company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., owns in Macau.

The suit cites a July article posted on the NJDC website, titled "Tell Romney to Reject Adelson's Dirty Money" that claimed Adelson, a top donor to conservative super PACs, reportedly approved of prostitution. Adelson has denied the claims and in the document demanded a jury trial in addition to the $60 million sum and printed retractions.

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But a statement from NJDC said they will not be "bullied into submission, and we will not be silenced by power."

"This is not Putin's Russia, and in America, political speech regarding one of the most well-known public figures in our country is a fundamental right. One would think the person making greatest use of the Citizens United ruling would understand this," Wednesday's statement read.

In the court document, Adelson's attorneys wrote the mogul has been the subject of "public hatred, contempt, scorn and ridicule" as a result of the allegations that are "punishing him for exercising his right to make monetary contributions to political causes, candidates of his choice and demeaning him within the Jewish community."

Adelson is the largest donor of this election cycle, having contributed approximately $10 million to pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and more than $20 million to a super PAC that supported Newt Gingrich's Republican presidential run.

Adelson threatened to file a similar suit against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in July, asking the group to retract allegations he profited from prostitution in China. The DCCC later issued an apology and retraction.

A June report from the Associated Press said court documents in a lawsuit claimed Adelson approved and was aware of prostitution at his company's properties in Macau. Although a Las Vegas Sands spokesman and attorney for the company denied the allegations, made in the court filing by a former chief executive fired from the Macau casino.

The new suit, filed by Adelson's lawyers, who include famed attorney Lin Wood, who defended Gary Condit, John and Patsy Ramsey and Kobe Bryant among others, takes its demands a step farther in rhetoric and monetary demands.

Wednesday's suit also pointed to Adelson's charitable work, which includes funding for drug treatment centers focused on "women whose addiction has forced them into prostitution."

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. CryBabies

    Good...if they lied or slandered him, take 'em to the cleaners. Its got to stop somewhere!

    August 8, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    It's about time somebody stepped up and sued these lying leftist scumbag operations. Harry Reid should be forced to resign for his libelous statements on the floor of the Senate. The Democrats and their leftists buddies are hell bent on destroying everything in this country, including public discourse.

    August 8, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Hey, Mittens, got any more of those 100K Bain jobs for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe'?

    "candidates of his choice and demeaning him within the Jewish community."

    And suing the National Jewish Democratic Council for 60 million will do away with "demeaning him within the Jewish community"?

    How, exactly?

    August 8, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The new suit, filed by Adelson's lawyers,
    One can't hlep but wonder if he would've gone as far as filing this suit and thus angering Jewish-Americans if his puppet Romney had the Jewish vote which, alas, he most certainly does not.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    August 8, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. jcjones717

    Obviously the National Jewish Democratic Council thinks it can tell blatant lies like Pres Obama & his cohorts. I say hit them where it hurts: bank accounts

    August 8, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. MTATL67

    WOW – There's helping Romney with the Jewish vote. I hope they get him for violating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Macao.

    August 8, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Oh no, whys he winning ? His invilvement with the prostitute stuff is well know in Macau. I red about that months ago. His money ? He thinks his money can make people afraid and cower if he gets mad. Too bad for him, he doesn't own the United States. If he doen't like being in the sopt lite then he shouldn't have injected himself into it period. As far as supporting Romney ? Well thats just going to be a Lesson to be learned. Too bad for that to. Adelson is a BULLY !

    August 8, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Steve- Illinois

    hEH, HEH, HEH if these people want to run with the big dogs, they should expect to get bit! Publishing nonsense about a person isn't going to cut it! Just because someone says something, doesn't make it true, and doesn't give you the right to spread it all over the world without it being substantiated. RE: Harry Reid.

    August 8, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Oh, I don't know. A mega billionaire in Vegas not involved in prostitution or drugs?
    He helps prostitutes with drug addiction. What, he has half a conscience?

    August 8, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Adelson, Gingrich and Romney, the only strange bed fellow here is Romney because I'm sure he didn't know about claims of prostitution. It would be wise for Romney to return Adelson's money.

    August 8, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. gar

    Adelson is contemptible.

    August 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well, there goes Mittens' hope of getting the jewish vote. He will get the Chinese Communist vote, as that is where most of Adelson's money comes from.

    August 8, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Logic N LA

    His hotels in Las Vegas, from the day they opened housed the CES adult wing and later the AVN adult show. Many of the stars stayed in the hotels and many turned tricks- ask them.
    He can't claim he did not know that adult performers would do this sort of thing.
    Andelson is as very much complacent with the claims by the NJDC

    August 8, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. ron

    Everybody KNOWS there's no prostitution at those casinos! LOL

    August 8, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    Let the case go to court. I'll bet Adelson has much to hide that would be embarrsing to his puppet repugs.
    Including bribes to officials in Macau that are illegal under our countries's laws.
    Bring it on.

    August 8, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. CBR

    Mr. Adelson was behind Newt Gingrich. Now he is all for Mitt Romney. He even had influence over the Romney trip to Israel. A lot of money was raised there. It appears that Mr. Adelson is willing to spend millions upon millions to get a Republican in the White House. It is indeed sad that this election will revolve around money. This at a time when many Americans are having trouble just keeping their heads above water. This whole fundraising scheme does not do much for those in need.

    August 8, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. He Can't Take the Heat

    Adel$on decided he wanted to be involved and makes outlandish statements about Democrats – but when it is returned he wants to threaten and buy his way. The man is of questionable background "Adelson’s company, the Las Vegas Sands, disclosed last year that it was being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations by a former top company executive that Adelson directed him to put a local government official on its payroll in Macau — a potential violation of a U.S. anti-bribery law. MSNBC 1/27/12. Adel$on made a very unAmerican Statement:said that he wishes he had served in the Israeli army instead of the US military and that he wants his son to grow up to “be a sniper for the IDF.”

    August 8, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. current Jew, former democrat

    Go Mr. Adelson. Don't let these people slime you because you're a republican. Any Jew that backs Obama must be self hating. Obama attended an anti Jewish church for years and didn't quit until it was revealed. Obama is anti Israel as well. Horrible, horrible president.

    August 8, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Jane

    This rabidly anti-American creature is being investigated by the SEC here in the US AND overseas for money laundering. People who live in glass houses, Shelly.......

    August 8, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. jeff

    Adelson may want to stop while he's ahead. No telling what evidence implicating him is out there.

    August 9, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |