Wayne Newton was sued, along with his wife and her 76 year old mother, by CSD, LLC this Wednesday for delaying a project that would convert Newton’s home into a home museum so that it would never open.
Wayne Newton and family are being accused of unreasonably delaying the project the would turn Newton’s home into ‘Graceland West,” a home museum that would include an exhibition space, theater, zoo, visitors’ center and other attractions reports the Huffington Post.
The initial deal with the CSD, LLC has Newton, his wife and his daughter moving to a newly constructed $2 million home located elsewhere on the estate, allowing the company to begin converting the mansion into the museum (scheduled to open in late 2011).
According to the lawsuit by CSD, LLC, Newton and his family have refused to move out of the mansion or to turn over personal memorabilia:
“It is quite clear that it was always their intention to remain in the Mansion regardless of the terms of the agreement.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the lawsuit seeks to have the Newton family immediately vacate their lavish estate, Casa de Shenandoah, and allow the $50 million project honoring the Las Vegas legend’s music career to move forward.
The Newton family claims the lawsuit is a preemptive strike because they had planned to sue the company for breach of contract after multiple construction delays.
The lawsuit also alleges that a young female horse trainer hired to care for and train Newton’s 55 horses quit due to “constant sexual harassment by Mr. Newton and a hostile and intimidating work environment created by Mr. Newton’s barn manager” and goes on to call Newton “sexually reprehensible and intimidating,” reports AceShowBiz.
Newton’s attorney, J. Stephen Peek, responded to CSD’s lawsuit on Thursday, claiming the company’s “failure to obtain building permits prior to construction, failure to construct proper buildings for the health of the animals and for the viewing pleasure of the public, and constant bullying and threatening of employees.” Peek also states the sexual harassment claim was “completely fabricated to obtain financial gain” by a fired employee.