Newton, Orlando Meet To Settle Suit

Friday, November 10th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wayne Newton and Tony Orlando met to see if they could settle lawsuits against each other without going to trial.

The two once shared a theater in Branson, the country music mecca in southwest Missouri. Orlando sued Newton in April 1999 for more than $15 million, accusing him of wrongly throwing him out of the business in 1998 and damaging his reputation.

Newton countersued for $20 million, saying Orlando had disseminated false information about him.

The case is scheduled to go to trial next spring, but the federal judge handling it ordered the singers to explore a settlement.

No settlement was reported from the Wednesday meeting.