Sheldon Adelson Suing Reporter for Calling Him 'Foul-Mouthed'

Compared to ex-CEO who 'rarely curses'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 26, 2013 8:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Proving that one man's badge of honor is another man's definition of libel, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has sued a Wall Street Journal reporter after an article suggested he was fond of profanity. The piece, by Kate O'Keeffe and Alexandra Berzon, said the casino honcho was "a scrappy, foul-mouthed billionaire from working-class Dorchester, Massachusetts." The article covered the court fight between Adelson and former casino exec Steve Jacobs, a tall "Ivy League graduate who colleagues say rarely curses." The suit, filed in Hong Kong, targets O'Keeffe, but not Berzon or the paper, it reports. Adelson is seeking "damages, including aggravated, exemplary, and special damages." The Journal says it will "vigorously defend" its reporter.

CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sheldon Adelson.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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