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Wynn awarded $7.5 million in case against soft-porn king

Casino mogul Steve Wynn won a $7.5 million judgment against soft-porn king Joe Francis in a 4-year-old defamation lawsuit, a Clark County judge ruled Wednesday.

Court records show Judge Mark Denton awarded millions to Wynn after a "prove-up hearing" at which Wynn testified Wednesday.

A "prove-up hearing" is held before a judge in uncontested lawsuits.

Court records indicate Francis had asked for a continuance in the case to obtain a new attorney, but Wynn's attorneys pushed the case through and won a judgment against Francis in November.

Francis' attorney, David Houston, did not return a call for comment.

The two moguls have been squabbling in court for years since Francis failed to pay a $2 million marker Wynn said he owed to his casino.

A criminal case brought against Francis over the marker was dismissed, and a civil judgment against him is pending appeal.

The defamation lawsuit arose out of the marker dispute when Francis, who amassed a fortune producing videos of drunken college girls taking off their clothes, said publicly that he planned on "exposing how exactly Mr. Wynn deceives his high end customers," according to Wynn's civil complaint.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at
fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

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