Entertainer Wayne Newton said Thursday he will accept a $6 million libel award in his long-running lawsuit against NBC, saying he feels vindicated from a nearly 9-year-old report that linked him to the Mafia.

"This was not a matter of money," Newton told reporters at a morning news conference. "This was a matter of vindication of my name."Newton's attorney, Morton Galane, said the interest accrued on the reduced $5.3 million award now equals $6 million.

"Such an award would be higher than any (libel) award ever affirmed by an appellate court in the United States," he said.

The case does not yet appear to be over, however. NBC attorneys had indicated earlier they would appeal the award to higher federal courts.