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Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson loses libel suit

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HANNAH DREIER | October 1, 2013 04:54 PM EST | AP


LAS VEGAS — 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.