Tom Jones + Engelbert Humperdinck Extorted in Las Vegas
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:30:37
It has now been revealed that crooners Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck lost millions of dollars in profit from their 1960s Las Vegas residencies due to the fact that their unscrupulous manager used the funds to pay his gambling debts. He was up to his eyeballs with the mob, so he felt he had no choice but to rob his clients. Sad.
According to a revelatory new interview in The Sun, it has been exposed that the singers were paid $8,000 for their retainers at that time, which was still rather low for stars of their caliber. The funds were then misappropriated by Gordon Mills, as he owed $320 million to the mafia due to gambling debts he racked up. He once blew through $320,000 in one night at the casino. Yikes. That's a lot.
Tony Cartwright, the former business partner of Mills, is currently working on his memoir and dropped this bombshell, saying, "It was the biggest heist in showbiz history. Tom is still looking for his millions he thinks Gordon hid in offshore accounts."
Cartwright said, "(The Mafia) were more than happy to give him credit. It meant they tied the singers in for life without them even knowing it. And Gordon had no choice but to let them do it because he owed so much money… When we were doing sell-out stadiums the Mob would say, 'We're taking 50 percent of the box office' and Gordon would agree. He had no choice. He owed them millions… Forget the Hollywood films about gangsters and Vegas. Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck were in the middle of it. And they didn't even know it."
Damn. What a shame for Tom and Eng.
Mills died in 1986 after a battle with cancer.
What do you think of this mismanagement of funds?