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Mr Las Vegas 'abandons mouldy plane at airport'

Wayne Newton
Newton, known as Mr Las Vegas, has been performing since he was a child

Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton has reportedly abandoned his plane at a Detroit airport, racking up bills of more than $60,000 (£38,230).

The plane, originally worth about $2m (£1,27m), was flown to Oakland County International Airport for interior work more than three years ago.

Airport official Joe Borgesen told The Oakland Press that Newton initially paid storage fees, but later stopped.

Mr Borgesen said moving the plane would cost about $30,000 (£19,100).

Child star

According to Borgesen, the abandoned plane is no longer working and is gathering mould.

A spokeswoman at Erin Miel Inc, the entertainment company owned by Newton, told The Oakland Press on Wednesday she was aware the plane was at the airport but provided no further information.

Known as Mr Las Vegas, Newton has been in the entertainment business since he was a teenager and is currently celebrating 50 years of performing in the US city where he made his name.

An actor and singer, he is best known for his 1972 hit Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast and the 1963 classic Danke Schoen, which he performed on the hit 80s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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