A few days ago, a former Las Vegas Sands executive accused Sheldon Adelson of welcoming prostitution into his Chinese properties. From AP:In documents revealed Thursday — including a sworn seven-page declaration that Jacobs submitted along with a summary from his attorneys of problems obtaining documents from Sands — Jacobs describes an effort he launched after arriving in Macau in May 2009 to rid the casino floor of “loan sharks and prostitution.”
“This project was met with concern as (company) senior executives informed me that the prior prostitution strategy had been personally approved by Adelson,” Jacobs said in the documents.
In his court filing, Jacobs alleges other documents that haven’t been turned over include records of misuse of “blue card’ work permits and the hiring of illegal workers in Macau; emails and records of Adelson controlling a “Chairman’s Club” allowing favoured members, including known or suspected organised crime figures, exclusive access to Sands China’s most luxurious accommodations; and email requests from Adelson to a Macau lawmaker who Jacobs said was hired as outside counsel after Jacobs was fired.
Not surprisingly, Adelson and his lawyers recently came out denying all of this. From the FT:
The Las Vegas Sands has said all the allegations contained in Mr Jacobs’ suit, including accusations about Mr Adelson, are “baseless”.
On the specific allegation regarding prostitution it said: “Mr Adelson has always objected to and maintained a strong policy against prostitution on our properties, a fact that Mr Jacobs knows to be true, and any accusation to the contrary represents a reprehensible personal attack on Mr Adelson’s character.”
For more on prostitution in Macau, head to MacauDailyTimes.mo.