Wayne Newton in court over eviction case. Newton, who is better known as Mr. Las Vegas, is facing a host of legal troubles stemming from the decision to turn his sprawling Casa Shenandoah digs into a celebrity museum known as “Graceland West”.
A lawsuit was filed against Wayne Newton in May claiming that Newton, his wife and her 76-year-old mother claiming the family unreasonably delayed the project to ensure it never opens. The Newtons have lived at Casa de Shenandoah since 1968 and had allegedly planned to sue for breach of contract due to construction delays and will now allegedly counter sue.
Newton’s now estranged business partner Steve Kennedy bought the sprawling estate for $19.5 million in June 2010
It is being alleged that he and his family refuse to vacate to make way for what is to be “Graceland West”
Opening arguments began on Monday.
The Newtons want to stop any eviction plans from their estranged business partner Steven Kennedy.
Fox5Vegas reports that on Monday, Peter Stapp was the only person to take the stand. He was hired by Kennedy’s company CSD as an operations manager for the tourist attraction and spoke about plans for a museum to house Newton’s memorabilia. Stapp also said he was under the impression the Newtons would live in the main house, saying it would enhance the attraction.
There was some drama at the start of Monday’s arguments.
Wayne Newton’s lawyer J. Stephen Peek requested beefed-up courtroom security.
He’s claiming that it’s needed because Kennedy threatened him as well Wayne Newton, Newton’s wife, Kathleen McCrone Newton, and their associate and business partner, Geneva Clark, in heated arguments about their crumbling business relationship.
Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that courthouse security was sufficient and denied the request.
It was a victory for Newton today. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez denied a motion by CSD LLC to move the horses. CSD says it can’t afford to continue paying the $37,000 monthly cost to care for the herd while the planned attraction “languishes in an unfinished state.”
Newton’s attorney Peek said the Newtons were pleased by the outcome but had no other comment regarding the ongoing legal dispute.
Mr Las Vegas was pleased as well and said,
It’s truly one of the finest herds in the world. It took 50 years to create this herd. People come from all over the world to see them and buy them. We’re very proud of them.
Wayne Newton is expected to be in court over eviction case all week.
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