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Wayne Newton getting sued over plans for Shenandoah in Las Vegas

May 19, 2012 Chellie Cervone
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Wayne Newton is in trouble again.  Known in Vegas as “Mr. Vegas” , “Mr. Las Vegas” and “Mr. Entertainment”, Wayne Newton getting sued is something that has happened to him a few times before.  This time he is being sued over plans for “Shenandoah” also referred to as “Casa de Shenandoah”, his home in Las Vegas allegedly because he and his family refuse to vacate to make way for what is to be “Graceland West”

The lawsuit is against Newton, his wife and her 76-year-old mother claiming the family unreasonably delayed the project to ensure it never opens. The Newton family had allegedly planned to sue for breach of contract due to construction delays and will now allegedly counter sue.

According to the AP,  the lawsuit,

The lawsuit seeks to have the Newton family immediately vacate their lavish estate, Casa de Shenandoah, and allow the $50 million project honoring the Las Vegas legend’s music career to move forward. Construction plans for the museum called for an exhibition space, theater, zoo, visitors’ center and other attractions.

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The lawsuit also claims Newton sexually harassed a young female employee hired to train his 55 horses by repeatedly kissing her on the mouth. The worker quit and has threatened to sue Newton and CSD, according to the lawsuit.

Newton has had his share of  legal problems. His current wife was widely credited with helping him work through numerous issues. In Las Vegas, in 1982, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize $20 million in debts, including an Internal Revenue Service lien for back taxes.  In 2005, he disputed IRS claims that he and his wife owed $1.8 million in back taxes and penalties from 1997 through 2000. In February 2010, Newton made national headlines when process servers were turned away, at his Las Vegas estate, while trying to collect a $500,000 plus court judgment stemming from back pay owed to a former pilot. That same month, Newton’s good friend and billionaire Bruton Smith tried to seize Casa de Shenandoah for repayment of a $3.35 million loan.

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