Millions Paid Off Mob Bosses?
It’s now alleged that the missing millions from their shows had been used by music mogul Gordon Mills to settle his enormous $320 million (£200 million) gambling debt to the casinos’ Mafia owners.
Mills’ former business partner claims that he had a massive spending habit, claiming that he once blew $320,000 (£200,000) at a casino in one evening, adding, “I found him with his head in his hands. He told me he’d lost the £100,000. He borrowed another 100k and lost that too. And it was all Tom and Engelbert’s money…
“(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 per cent 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.”