Lawsuit Accuses GOP Donor Adelson of Pursuing ‘Prostitution Strategy’ in His Hotels
A former executive at the Las Vegas Sands Corp., whose chairman is Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, has accused the company of “controlling and directing” prostitution at its casinos in Macau, the Wall Street Journal reports. The accusations are part of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the former executive, Steve Jacobs.
In a statement Thursday, Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese said the company has “consistently maintained that the allegations of misconduct and wrongdoing by Jacobs against the company and its senior management are baseless.” Mr. Reese’s statement added, “Mr. Adelson has always objected to and maintained a strong policy against prostitution on our properties, a fact that Mr. Jacobs knows to be true, and any accusation to the contrary represents a blatant and reprehensible personal attack on Mr. Adelson’s character.”
Mr. Jacobs has already accused the company of firing him for objecting to Mr. Adelson’s illegal demands, which allegedly included extorting senior government officials in Macau, threatening Chinese banks and using the services of a Macau lawyer despite concerns his retention posed risks to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans bribery by U.S. companies abroad. The company denies the allegations.
In addition to the wrongful termination lawsuit, the report notes that the Sands Corp. is already under investigation “by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and by the U.S. Department of Justice into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”