Wayne Newton's Wife Testifies in Eviction Case | News
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton is locked in a legal battle with his estranged business partner, Steven Kennedy and his company, CSD LLC.
At one time, plans were in the works to turn Newton's estate, Casa de Shenandoah, into a tourist attraction, but those plans have stalled.
Depending on what happens in court, Kennedy, who is also Newton's landlord, could have the entertainer evicted from his home.
Newton told 8 News NOW that he still would like to see Casa de Shenandoah transformed into a public attraction.
He said this project would create 400 jobs, but those suing Newton said he never really wanted the development.
At any rate, everything is on hold, in a case that's turned into an ugly courtroom fight. Wayne Newton sat in court for hours, listening to his wife, Kathleen, testify about plans to turn their home into a Graceland-type tourist attraction.
"My husband had lived on the property, he built the property, and so it was not only going to be beneficial to the business for us to live there, but that it would truly create the happiest life for my husband," she said.
Kennedy bought Casa de Shenandoah two years ago for almost $20 million.
The Newtons have a 20 percent stake in CSD.
"We talked about (how) the museum would be built on the Shenandoah," Kathleen Kennedy said.
Plans called for the mansion to be the focal point of the theme park, and the Newtons would move into a new $2 million home on the property.
"My husband and I thought it was a great idea to kinda put more of the commercial on the other side of the street and retain the beauty and the private life of Wayne Newton on the south side," she said.
But CSD's plans to transform the iconic ranch into a sight-seeing destination have come to a screeching halt with the two parties at odds over how best to showcase the life of the celebrity affectionately known as "Mr. Las Vegas."
CSD now wants the Newtons out of the mansion, or to recover damages from the Las Vegas legend.
According to CSD, it has spent more than $50 million on the project so far.