Opening arguments began Monday in a case involving Wayne Newton and the dispute over his longtime home Casa de Shenandoah.
Back in 2010, Newton agreed to sell his estate to a developer that would turn it into a museum, but the deal could leave the entertainer without a home to call his own.
On Monday, the Newtons tried to put a stop to any eviction plans from their estranged business partner Steven Kennedy. The Newtons have lived at Casa de Shenandoah since 1968.
On Monday afternoon, Peter Stapp was the only person who took the stand. He's a theme park consultant, hired by Kennedy's company CSD as an operations manager for the tourist attraction. He spoke about plans for a museum to house Newton's memorabilia. Stapp also said he was under the impression the Newtons would live in the main house, saying it would enhance the attraction.
Since the start of the dispute, there have been allegations of animal abuse, breach of contract, fraud, mismanagement and even sexual harassment. The threats got so bad, there was talk of enhanced security in the courtroom but the judge overruled that on Monday.
The hearing is expected to continue for the rest of the week.
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