LAS VEGAS – A Democratic party group retracted statements and apologized to billionaire Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for what it called unsubstantiated claims that he encouraged and profited from prostitution at his company casinos in Macau, a Chinese gambling enclave.
“The statements were untrue and unfair and we retract them,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in a terse 57-word release issued Thursday. “The DCCC extends its sincere apology to Mr. Adelson and his family for any injury we have caused.”
Adelson’s lawyers had threatened to sue over what they called defamatory and libelous claims made in DCCC releases on June 29 and July 2. The DCCC alleged that Adelson encouraged and profited from prostitution and donated “Chinese prostitution money” to Republican leaders.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. spokesman Ron Reese issued a statement saying the retraction “should serve notice to those who would attempt to smear Mr. Adelson by repeating the false and inflammatory statements of a fired employee.”
He referred to former top Sands China Ltd. executive Steven Jacobs, who alleged in a sworn declaration filed June 27 in Nevada state court that Adelson knew about prostitution at Sands company casinos in Macau. The company and Adelson deny wrongdoing, and Adelson filed a defamation lawsuit July 20 in Florida against Jacobs.