Wayne Newton is known as one of the most enduring entertainers in Las Vegas. The singer is currently facing a serious legal challenge from a former employee who claims that Newton was dishonest about her conduct. As a result, the former employee has filed a defamation suit against Newton.
According to reports, the woman who filed the litigation used to work in Newton’s horse barn. She was twice employed by Newton and left the first time after filing a harassment claim against her manager. She later returned upon being promoted to barn manager. While she was in charge of caring for the horses, one of them died. Immediately afterward, Newton and his wife apparently blamed the manager for the horse’s death, a claim she denies.
The woman responded to Newton’s assertion that her negligence resulted in the death of the horse by saying that the conditions in the barn were subpar when she started in her new role. As a result, the woman claims that it’s actually Newton and his wife’s fault that the horse died. The woman filed civil litigation based on accusations that were allegedly damaging to her reputation.
All too often, legal disputes between employees and employers break down into a “he said-she said” type of situation. Knowing this, it’s typically important to sort through all of the details of a case in order to get an accurate picture of what actually happened.
Just as the former employee is suing to protect her image, Newton should have the ability to provide the same kind of protection to his reputation. As such, he may wish to offer up a strong defense or file an appeal, if it becomes necessary.
Source: Express, “Wayne Newton sued for defamation,” July 24, 2013