Vegas mogul fires back at China prostitution claim

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 5:05 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief and billionaire Republican political donor Sheldon Adelson is firing back at his former Macau casino executive's claim that Adelson approved prostitution at company properties in the Chinese gambling enclave.

Court documents filed Tuesday in Las Vegas accuse fired Sands China Ltd. executive Steven Jacobs of trying to tarnish Adelson's reputation to call attention to Jacob's claim that he was wrongly dismissed.

A Jacobs lawyer declined immediate comment Wednesday.

Adelson owns the Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas.

He's also calling for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to retract and apologize for what he calls false and defamatory statements accusing him of profiting from prostitution and donating "Chinese prostitution money" to GOP leaders.

DCCC official Jesse Ferguson says the committee is reviewing Adelson's letter.

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