A federal judge Wednesday ordered Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, once considered to be among the world's richest men, to pay a travel agency $753,000.
According to a lawsuit filed by Mill-Run Tours, Khashoggi ran up the bills for travel for himself, members of his family and friends in the mid-1980s.The travel arrangements reportedly included trips on supersonic Concorde jets for himself, his four children and other relatives.
He is also alleged to have picked up tabs for acquaintances, including "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Mary Hart, who, according to news reports, was dating Khashoggi's son, Mohammed.
Khashoggi originally owed the agency $773,000. He made a partial payment of $250,000 and promised to pay the balance by Jan. 1, 1991.
Court papers said he gave Mill-Run a $275,000 check - which bounced. When Khashoggi failed to make the final payment on time, the agency sued, seeking $523,000 plus interest since 1986, bringing the total to $753,000.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy signed a default judgment Wednesday ordering Khashoggi to pay up.
In 1990, Khashoggi was acquitted of federal charges he helped former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and her late husband, Ferdinand, conceal their ownership of buildings bought with money looted from the Philippine treasury. Imelda Marcos was also acquitted.