Billionaire Bill Gross convicted of contempt in harassment case with his neighbors involving million dollar sculpture and theme song “Gilligan’s Island”
Gross invoiceand his wife were found guilty of violating a restraining order by playing loud music.
- The billionaire bond investor and his wife must each pay a $ 1,000 fine and serve five days in jail.
- Their feud with their Laguna Beach neighbors began last year for $ 1 million outdoors
Billionaire bond investor Bill Gross and his wife Amy were found guilty of violating a temporary restraining order, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
Decision is the latest development of a months-long legal quarrel with their next door neighbors in Laguna Beach, California.
The couple have been embroiled in a legal battle with their neighbors, Mark Towfiq and Carol Nakahara, since last year after the Grosses installed a white netting in their backyard to protect a million dollar outdoor sculpture from the elements, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Towfiq filed a complaint with the city, claiming the net blocked his view. The complaint triggered a ongoing fight between neighbors, Towfiq and his wife filing a three-year restraining order against the Grosses, alleging that they yelled the theme song “Gilligan’s Island” at all hours in response to the complaint, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In turn, Bill and Amy Gross, who got married in April of this year, filed a complaint saying their neighbors were obsessed with them and the show’s theme song was not played specifically to annoy their neighbors.
Gross claimed that the theme song “Gilligan’s Island” had special meaning for him because the show’s title sequence resembled the view outside his house, according to one. CNBC report.
âI could watch TV and look out the window, and there were the same palm trees from 55 years ago,â Gross said, citing the report. “I said, ‘This is amazing!'”
Judge Kimberly Knill reprimanded the Grosses on Friday for blatantly violating the restraining order, which prohibited them from playing loud music, calling him “contemptuous” and saying he acted like a ” instigator â. Knill fined Gross and his wife $ 1,000 each and five days in jail, according to The daily beast
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judge allowed two of the five days to be served community service, barring additional offenses. The court has yet to render a judgment on how the remaining three days of their sentence will be spent, The Daily Beast reported.
In a statement released Friday, the retired billionaire bond investor called the conviction a “travesty of justice and a black mark on the Orange County court system,” and plans to appeal the ruling.
Chase Scolnick, lawyer for the neighbors of the Grosses, said his clients were “satisfied with today’s outcome.”
“We hope the court order will finally get Bill and Amy Gross to change their behavior so that our clients can live in peace, which they always wanted,” Scolnick said, citing a report from the Los Angeles Times.