Republican Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson sues Wall Street Journal reporter for defamationBy Mason White 11:23 AM February 26, 2013
By: Ryan Lee Hall
A Republican Jewish billionaire has sued a high ranking reporter for defamation, according to court proceedings in Hong Kong.
Billionaire casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, has sued a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, for defamation after the publication of an article last year in which the Republican financier was described as “foul-mouthed”.
The article was co-written by Kate O’Keefe and Alexandra Berzon but the lawsuit, filed last week in Hong Kong, only names O’Keefe and said that Adelson is trying to recover damages. O’Keefe reports for the paper from Hong Kong.
The newspaper article in question provided a summary of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former executive.
The article detailed the struggle in U.S. courts between Adelson, who is the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Steve Jacobs, the former CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. operations in Macao, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in 2010.
The company has denied the allegations made in the complaint of unlawful termination. The article ran under the title “Fired Executive irritates casino industry” in the U.S. edition of the newspaper, but also appeared in the foreign editions.
The article, which ran late last year, portrayed Jacobs, a 6 foot 5 inch tall and Ivy League graduate, as a person who rarely curses, while portraying Adelson, as a lowly fouled mouth billionaire from working class Dorchester, Massachusetts.