Judge throws out defamation case by casino mogul against AP
A Las Vegas judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit lodged by ousted casino mogul Steve Wynn against The Associated Press, reports David Ferrara of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Ferrara reports, “The April complaint alleged that the AP reported on police reports filed by a woman who made false accusations of rape against Wynn.
“In dismissing claims against the news agency, District Judge Ron Israel ruled on Tuesday that AP’s reporting on a pair of police reports was fair.
“‘It’s clear to me that it is a communication made in direct connection with an issue of public interest,’ Israel said, according to transcripts of Tuesday’s hearing. ‘It was clearly a public interest at the time, maybe still.’
“The defamation case focuses on accusations that the woman, Halina Kuta, made in her since-dismissed federal lawsuit and later reported to the Metropolitan Police Department. Wynn’s suit against Kuta remains open.”
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