The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit brought by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson against the National Jewish Democratic Council for a 2012 online petition that stated Adelson personally approved of prostitution in his Asian casinos.

The Democratic organization created the petition to urge then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to return Adelson’s campaign donations. Adelson—a major GOP donor—was said to have “dirty,” “tainted” money from his Chinese operations, which supposedly were allowing prostitution at Adelson’s behest. The petition linked to a report from The Associated Press of a former executive in Adelson’s Chinese operations claiming in court papers that Adelson was aware and approved of prostitution at his operations in Macau.

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