Las Vegas hotel in Elvis battle
The Elvis Presley estate has filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino-hotel that is holding artefacts and memorabilia involving the “King” as part of a leasing dispute.
Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc filed the lawsuit in Clark County District Court seeking to retrieve stage outfits, jewellery, letters and a high school yearbook, among other artefacts from the career, home and wedding of Elvis.
The estate and business group is trying to get back hundreds of items it loaned to the much-hyped “Graceland Presents Elvis” attraction at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
The off-Strip property took control of the items last month when it shut down the attraction that includes a museum exhibit, wedding chapel and theatre. The move came after the third-party operator, Exhibit A Circle, said it was quitting.
The lawsuit accused the casino of holding the valuables hostage for leverage in its leasing dispute with Exhibit A Circle, noting the estate has been cut off from a security camera that allowed it to monitor the items. It’s asking the court to order the items be returned and seeks punitive damages.