Judge Reduces Award in Leona Helmsley Bias Case

"A jury's award to a former hotel manager who allegedly was fired by Leona Helmsley because he was gay was reduced Tuesday from $11.17 million to $554,000.

State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub said Helmsley is not a multibillion-dollar pinata "to poke a stick at in the hopes of hitting the jackpot." He ruled that Charles Bell was not entitled to $1.1 million in economic damages, and the $10 million in punitive damages was excessive."

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