- Minnie Driver. Poor Minnie, only in her new house a few months when her neighbors, the Perelmutters, start complaining about use of a shared driveway (usage that had already been resolved in a 2008 lawsuit in which they were involved). The Perelmutters are alleging that Minnie has thrown baby food jars full of black paint at their house, has prevented access to parts of their home, has hurled expletives at them and, according to an Amended Complaint filed August 2, 2016, are suing her for assault, trespass, private, nuisance and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Minnie obtained a temporary restraining order against Perelmutter in Spring 2016 based on allegations that he blew smoke in her son’s face and cursed at them. And, in September 2016, filed a cross complaint against the Perelmutters. This one is going to stay pretty ugly. Update: A judge agreed with Minnie Driver and on January 18, 2017, Perelmutter was ordered to knock down the wall he built as well as perform 10 days of community service. Perelmutter has until April 2017 to comply; if he doesn’t, he’s off to jail.
- Justin Bieber. Living near the “Sorry” star in theory, sounds like it would be pretty fun but ,most know now that reality of being the Biebs’ neighbor is less than well, neighborly. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd compared living next to him like “living in Lebanon” and former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson called the 19-year-old “entitled,” as he described how Bieber speeds up and down the street, and spits on people in the neighborhood. Finally, in 2015 some neighbors did something about it. Jeffrey and Suzanne Schwartz have sued Bieber and his bodyguards for harassing them and their family, vandalizing their house with eggs and threatening them with anti-Semitic remarks. A trial date has not yet been set.
- Ashley Greene. Though she seems to have won the hearts of many as Edward Cullen’s sister, Alice, in Twilight, this Hollywood star is not so beloved by her neighbors or doorman at her former West Hollywood apartment. She was sued by them as a result of a fire allegedly caused by a candle she left lit in the apartment in March 2013. The neighbors specifically alleged negligence, emotional distress, nuisance, breach of contract, and trespass and the doorman claimed he sustained injuries while helping tenants escape the burning building. The tenants also said Ashley never apologized for the starting the fire—not a legally actionable claim but an apology may have gone a long way with some of them. The fire was accidental and one of Ashley’s dogs perished in it. In late 2015, Ashley (or more likely, her insurance company) settled the claim for a confidential amount and the entire case was dismissed with prejudice.
3 Nasty Celebrity Neighbor Disputes
by Jill Stanley