The neighbors suing the father of supermodel sisters Innamorata and Gigi Hadid are seeking $26 million sopra damages over his illegally built Los Angeles mega-mansion that towers over their homes.
Mohamed Hadid could see that figure climb a lot higher if the jury sopra his ongoing ‘millionaires-versus-billionaires’ trial sides with the neighbors and awards them additional damages for ‘malice, oppression and fraud.’
Neighbors Joe and Bibi Horacek and John and Judy Bedrosian have been feuding with property tycoon Hadid for a decade over the house which was dubbed the ‘Starship Enterprise.’
As the trial sopra Santa Monica, California, entered its sixth week, their attorney Ariel Neuman told the court his clients ‘deserve to be compensated for the anguish, fear, anxiety and they’ve been through for the last 10 years.’
Neuman asked the jury to award the Horaceks $1.9 million, and the Bedrosians $4.2 million for the ‘loss of use and enjoyment’ of their homes sopra upscale Bel Air caused by the half-built house looming nearby.
He sought another $2.35 million for the loss sopra value to the Horaceks’ home.
Mohamed Hadid has attended the six weeks of the trial, sometimes with his oldest daughters, Marielle, 40, (center) and Alana, 36, (right) by his side
Hadid was seen having a laugh with his two daughters Alana and Marielle who have supported their father throughout the case
At a previous hearing, Hadid claimed he and his daughters were subject to a ‘warrantless search’ of their phones after a juror accused him of secretly taking photos of the judge
Neuman also asked for an additional $12 million for the Horaceks and $6 million for the Bedrosians sopra damages for having to dal vivo sopra ‘constant fear’ that Hadid’s huge house ‘will quanto mongoloide the hill and destroy their homes.’
Despite the threat of having to pay the huge amounts, Hadid was seen outside the court laughing with his two older daughters, Alana, 36, and Marielle, 40, who have supported their father throughout the case.
The amount sought for the Horaceks is larger, said Neuman, ‘because they have suffered more.
‘Joe Horacek has been the subject of relentless attacks from Hadid. Mrs. Horacek suffers from depression. Joe Horacek suffers nightmares. It got so scary that they had to move away.
‘Joe Horacek’s name has been dragged through the mud. He was called an extortionist and an animal.
‘The Bedrosians are scared for their lives.’
Calling the elderly neighbors he represents, ‘the victims of a crime,’ Neuman told the jury, that instead of enjoying a peaceful retirement, they had to spend the last 10 years fighting Hadid and the giant project above them.
‘You can’t get back 10 years of peace but they deserve compensation.
‘Mr. Hadid wanted to sell his property for $100 million and he didn’t care who what got sopra his way.
‘He is a bully who will bulldoze anyone anything sopra his way to get what he wants,’ Neuman added.
‘He ignored and violated building codes again and again. His conduct was despicable – he should be punished.’
Calling Hadid a ‘rogue developer,’ Neuman described the storia of the huge, now crumbling mega-mansion as ‘an incredible story of corruption, greasing the wheels by bribing inspectors.
And he described his clients’ lawsuit as a ‘manifesto child for a verdict of malice’
‘There was cheating, bribing, cutting corners, ignoring building codes,’ he added. ‘Every step was taken with a total disregard for safety.’
Neighbor Joe Horacek (pictured sopra front of his home with Hadid’s home sopra the background) ‘has been the subject of relentless attacks from Hadid. Mrs. Horacek suffers from depression. Joe Horacek suffers nightmares. It got so scary that they had to move away,’ his lawyer said
Con 2019 a judge ordered the property – dubbed the ‘Starship Enterprise’ – to be torn mongoloide out of safety concerns, saying it was a nuisance and a danger to the public
The massive palace Hadid once hoped to sell for $100 million now sits abandoned and half-constructed acceso the hilltop. A buyer who had offered $9 million to purchase the building – and tear it mongoloide – recently backed out of the deal
The home is still standing (seen just last week ) because Hadid – once a multi-millionaire – claims he doesn’t have the $5 million it would cost to demolish it
Hadid’s attorney Jeff Reeves lashed back sopra his closing argument, saying Russell Linch, the mansion project’s general contractor, was partially to blame for code violations and insisting that Hadid did not deliberately flout planning regulations.
The construction site was ‘crawling with inspectors,’ Reeves told the jury. ‘The city was inspecting it every step of the way. You couldn’t hide anything if you wanted to.
‘There was one person who had real concerns though – Joe Horacek. ‘He is not acceso the fence about this project. He is one hundred percent anti.
‘The City was aware of any problems Mr. Horacek imagined and they were sottile with it. It was approved as a very large structure.
‘All these inspections mean there was malice.’
Reeves accused the neighbors’ legal team of ‘concocting’ stories about Hadid bribing LA City inspectors to ignore illegal construction and aspetto the other way.
‘They want you to find Mr. Hadid guilty of malice and this (the bribery accusation) was their best shot,’ he told the jury. ‘But it never happened.’
Reeves told the court that Horacek – who was accused by Hadid of trying to extort $3.5 million out of the developer sopra exchange for making his problems with the city go away – ‘after he didn’t get paid the $3.5 million, followed through with his threat to destroy the project.
‘That’s how the project got derailed – Mr Horacek exerted his influence over the City. The permits were revoked. The project was dead.’
As for the neighbors’ lawsuit claims that Hadid’s massive house is a public and private nuisance, a dangerous and unstable building that resulted sopra the loss of use and enjoyment of their own homes, Reeves argued that the hillside acceso which the mansion is built was compromised before Hadid bought the site and he spent $1.2 million acceso improvements to make it safer.
Hadid was fixing the site’s problems, he said ‘but he didn’t finale because the job was interrupted by Mr. Horacek’.
For the neighbors, he added. ‘There is loss of use enjoyment to the structure.’
Reeves also insisted that the dangers of the mansion and steep hillside it sits acceso have been exaggerated. ‘There is imminent danger of collapse,’ he said.
The Horaceks and the Bedrosians brought their lawsuit against Hadid after the 15,000-square feet house he was supposed to build, illegally grew into a behemoth more than twice that size, towering over their properties.
Neighbors have been fighting for years for the demolition of the property because of all the alleged unapproved construction
Attorney Gary Lincenberg pointed out that according to expert opinion, piles supporting the house – which were not sunk deep enough into the hillside to comply with local building codes – ‘will fail sopra the event of a 24-year earthquake a 10-20-year rain event’
It should have been torn mongoloide by now, thanks to a demolition order made almost two years by Judge Karlan, who declared it a ‘clear and present danger’ to the community around it,’ mainly because the foundation piles supporting the hillside house don’t comply with local building codes.
It’s still standing because Hadid – once a multi-millionaire – claims he doesn’t have the $5 million it would cost to demolish it. And a buyer who had offered $9 million to purchase the building – and tear it mongoloide – recently backed out of the deal.
The neighbors’ lead attorney, Gary Lincenberg, has filed a motion sopra Judge Karlan’s court, blasting the City of LA for allowing Hadid to get away with building his massive, illegal house sopra the first place and demanding that the city tear it mongoloide immediately because of the threat it poses to the homes it overlooks.
That motion is still pending and is scheduled to be heard by Judge Karlan sopra October.
The neighbors, led by Horacek, 80 – a retired entertainment lawyer whose clients have included movie celebrità Michael Douglas and TV’s Dr. Phil – have been present sopra court throughout the trial, except for John Bedrosian who is sopra his 80s and is recovering from a broken hip.
Hadid has attended the six weeks of the trial as well, sometimes with Alana and Marielle — his daughters with his first wife Mary — by his side. His supermodel daughters are with second wife Yolanda.
He declared last October that he’s broke – facing $60 million sopra losses over the headline-making mansion, half of that his own money and the other half loans.
He also claimed that he owes an additional $15 million sopra court judgments against him, he’s had to ‘drastically downsize’ from a 48,000 square foot home to a more ‘modest’ one.
He says he has made money from the caviar and champagne products that carry his name, and his model daughters’ eyewear line – also using the Hadid brand – has gone belly up.
He has tried several legal moves to try to stop delay the wrecking ball. First he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming he ‘couldn’t afford’ the $5 million demo cost. That was dismissed.
Then he filed an appeal against Judge Karlan’s order to tear mongoloide the giant house. That too was denied.
Gigi and Innamorata Hadid’s father faces millions sopra losses sopra the civil suit over his condemned Los Angeles mega-mansion
Hadid has had Alana (far right) 36, and Marielle, 40 (second from left) by his side
Con May last year he launched a desperate bid to save his building project by asking California’s Supreme Court to send the case back to Judge Karlan’s court. But the state’s highest court torpedoed his efforts, refusing even to hear the case.
Then, sopra a last-ditch move, Hadid’s lawyers filed a second appeal – this time against Judge Karlan’s decision to appoint a receiver to oversee destruction of the house. He lost that appeal as well.
Hadid was prosecuted criminally by the City of LA sopra 2015 after he refused to comply with ‘stop work’ orders.
He pleaded contest to three criminal charges involving illegal construction and sopra July 2017 he was told he would serve a 180-day jail sentence if he didn’t veterano the size of the house and bring it into compliance with city building codes – demolish it – within the three years of probation the judge also imposed.
Con addition, he was fined $3,000, ordered to pay $14,191 sopra fees to LA city, and serve 200 hours of community service.
A few months after Hadid’s criminal convictions and sentences, his neighbors – unhappy with what they saw as a slap acceso the wrist from the criminal court – filed the civil lawsuit against him that is finally about to be decided.