×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Henley sued in Mulholland property squabble

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.

More Music

  • Sophia Anne Caruso and Alex Brightman'Beetlejuice'

    'Beetlejuice' Musical Team Hopes to Attract New Audiences to Broadway

    In the new Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic film “Beetlejuice,” teenager Lydia takes center-stage alongside the titular gut-busting demon (Alex Brightman) to reflect the famed goth girl’s journey through Beetlejuice’s funhouse of death and disaster. “I think so many people connect to “Beetlejuice” because it’s a story of outsiders, Lydia being the center of [...]

  • Sony Recorded Music Revenues Dip in

    Sony Recorded Music Revenues Dip in 2018 Earnings Report

    As part of Sony’s earnings report for its 2018 fiscal year (which ended on March 31) the company’s music division showed mixed results, with recorded music revenues dropping around 4.5% to 426.9 billion yen ($3.82 billion) and overall revenue up just 1% to 795 billion yen ($7.2 billion). The company attributed the drop to lower [...]

  • Sony Pictures logo

    Sony Pictures Profits Rise to $489 Million but Music Profits Tumble

    Profits at Sony Pictures rose to $489 million for the financial year running to the end of March 2019. That compares with $376 million in the previous financial year. The pictures division result was achieved despite a fall in revenue. That dropped from $9.13 billion in the preceding financial year to $8.87 billion in the [...]

  • Taylor Swift's "ME!" Video Brings the

    Swift Take: Taylor's Dazzling 'ME!' Is a Phantasmagorical Sugar Rush (Watch)

    Taylor Swift has been leaving Easter eggs for her fans, with clues about the title, themes, et al. of her new single. The video, as it turns out, is almost like diving into a literal basket of Easter eggs. The opening title card for “ME!” reads “directed by Dave Meyers and Taylor Swift,” but we [...]

  • Bruce Springsteen Drops New Song, 'Hello

    Bruce Springsteen Drops New Song, 'Hello Sunshine' (Listen)

    While listeners of SiriusXM’s E Street Radio got an advance listen — actually several advance listens — Bruce Springsteen didn’t officially drop his new single, “Hello Sunshine,” until midnight ET — and released an accompanying lyric video as well. While it’s great as far as lyric videos go, of course what really matters here is [...]

  • Pink Hurts 2B Human album

    Album Review: Pink's 'Hurts 2B Human'

    You’d never want to reduce a Pink album strictly to the math, but the strength of her records tends to have a pretty strong correlation to two factors: the number of Max Martin/Shellback productions and the amount of F-bombs dropped. Now, put those two together, and it’s pure gold, but either one is a pretty [...]

  • Beetlejuice review

    Broadway Review: 'Beetlejuice'

    “Such a bold departure from the original source material!” wisecracks the odd-looking fellow sitting on a coffin at the start of the Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.” The weird, nasty and outrageous title character is talking about a short lament just sung by a sad teen at her mother’s gravesite, as he breaks the fourth wall (“Holy [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content