The penalty was issued for allegedly keeping black employees out of sight from one of the casino’s VIP players.
US.- Michael Isikoff, an investigative reporter for Yahoo News found documents under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, which prove that the Trump Plaza casino and hotel in Atlantic City was issued a US$200,000 fine after purposely keeping black employees from working around Robert LiButti, a VIP roller who also had links with the mob.
Investigators found that in 1991, the casino made the employees stay away from the gambler’s betting tables whilst he was on the premises with the purpose of keeping LiButti’s business.
According to a state official cited in the court documents, LiButti’s infamous racist tirades publicly berated blacks and women with “the vilest language,” which also included racist obscene references to women. At the time, LiButti had been banned from several New Jersey casinos due to his links to Mob boss John Gotti. In 1994, he was sentenced to five years in prison for collecting US$3.4 million in improperly authorised bank loans and for a US$3 million tax evasion offense. Libutti passed away in 2014.
When asked about LiButti back in 1991, Trump replied: “I have heard he is a high roller, but if he was standing in front of me, I wouldn’t know what he looked like.” Trump recently denied any connection to LiButti stating that “during the years I very successfully ran the casino business, I knew many high rollers. I assume Mr. LiButti was one of them, but I don’t recognise the name.”
But according to Edith Creamer, LiButti’s daughter, her father LiButti gambled millions of dollars at one of Trump’s privately owned casinos, used the candidate’s helicopter to fly to Atlantic City and his private yacht to party. A police recording from 1990 corroborated the story as it features LiButti describing a conversation with Trump on a helicopter.