A trio of Mulholland Drive property owners have sued rock star Don Henley and one of his neighbors for allegedly bribing and conspiring with local officials to stop the building of a house.
Richard, Jean and Adam Siegler claim, in a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, that Henley and Harry Fox, who also own property on Mulholland Drive, manufactured environmental issues, including the alleged existence of a stream and an “animal corridor, ” and gave $ 4,725 to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for an appraisal needed prior to condemning the land for public use.
The actions, however, “were not for any public purpose, but rather for the private benefit of Henley and Fox,” the suit said.
The defendants’ property overlooks the proposed house site.
Four public officials, including City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky and Conservancy executive director Joseph Edmiston, allegedly “were motivated by a desire to please and placate Henley, a well-known and well-connected celebrity, in part because he had provided or might in the future provide contributions, connections with the music and entertainment industry, and other benefits to the political careers of these defendants.”
Although the city approved a “soil report” on the property in 1989, the defendants allegedly were able to have the city’s Grading Dept. revoke its approval in 1991.
The suit seeks court orders barring further interference with the plaintiffs’ building plans and annulling past acts violating their rights. The Siegels also want unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.