Wayne Newton, the crooner-turned-icon, is the subject of a lawsuit over plans to turn his Las Vegas home into a museum.
The suit contains allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and sexual harassment.
In court filings, CSD, LLC contends that Newton and his family engaged in activities calculated to delay the project. Among them, CSD says the Newtons refused to move out of their home, Casa de Shenandoah, to allow the work to move forward. The home was to be one of the centerpieces of the venture.
CSD also contends that facilities for the vast collection of penguins and horses were in disrepair. The company says the penguin pond
was covered in algae and that the land for the Arabian horses wasn’t being cleaned up.
In addition, according to the suit, a woman hired to work with the horses was sexually harassed by Newton.
Newton’s attorney says the suit is simply a preemptive strike to avoid the lawsuit his client was set to file against CSD over construction delays.
Legal wrangling isn’t new for Wayne Newton. He and his wife faced tax delinquency claims in 1992 and 2005. In 2010, NASCAR track developer and Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith attempted to seize the Casa de Shenandoah home as repayment for a $3 million loan.
Source: NBC News