The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan seeks $60 million in damages. Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and donates to Republican campaigns.
The lawsuit alleges the Washington-based Council said Adelson personally approved of prostitution in resorts owned by Sands China Limited, a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands. The suit accuses the Council of â€œassassinatingâ€ Adelsonâ€™s character.
The Council said its reports referenced mainstream press accounts and were â€œwholly appropriate.â€
The press accounts described claims by a fired former Sands China executive. Adelson has denied the claims.