LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said on Thursday a Hong Kong businessman claiming in a lawsuit that he is owed $328 million didn't help the gaming company get permission from the Macau government to operate a casino there.
Richard Suen alleges the Las Vegas company stiffed him on an agreed upon "success fee" for helping secure a permit for a hotel and casino in Macau, a Chinese special administrative territory that has become the world's most lucrative gambling mecca.
"He couldn't deliver and he wanted to keep his fingers in the pie," the 79-year-old Adelson testified in a Las Vegas court. "Once he couldn't, he wanted to get his fee and offered other services," such as public relations and arranging financing, said Adelson.
Adelson, who entered the courthouse on a motorized scooter and looked frail and unsteady as he walked to the witness stand with the aid of a cane, nearly caused a mistrial by presenting promotional brochures for his convention business that hadn't been cleared to be introduced into evidence.