June 16, 2024

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Invoice Gross attorney says neighbors ‘don’t want new music playing’

Invoice Gross’ California neighbor could not have appreciated that he performed audio at his oceanfront property — but that doesn’t suggest it was earsplitting like his neighbor claims, the bond king’s lawyer argued.

In her closing argument in the billionaire investor’s bitter lawful struggle with neighbor Mark Towfiq, lawyer Jill Basinger cast the tech entrepreneur as an oversensitive killjoy who exaggerated problems about loud audio emanating from Gross’ property.

“They really do not want new music enjoying on their property. It bothers them,” Basinger claimed of Towfiq and his spouse during a Wednesday court docket listening to, according to a transcript. “Well, I’m sorry, but which is not what the legislation is. … It is not accomplished to harass them. They participate in new music they like.”

In testimony previously this week, Gross denied that he blared the “Gilligan’s Island” theme and other songs to get again at Towfiq for complaining to nearby authorities about an ugly protecting net Gross mounted about a glass sculpture on his Laguna Seashore assets.

Gross, 76, has in turn accused Towfiq of spying on him and his girlfriend, Amy Schwartz, by videotaping them and pointing surveillance cameras at their household, allegations Towfiq has disputed.

Towfiq’s lawyer, Chase Scolnick, explained the music was element of the PIMCO founder’s “calculated and cruel campaign” to intimidate Towfiq into dropping the complaint. He pointed out that the music’s quantity was documented in video recordings and by area cops who frequented the house.

Mark Towfiq (C-R) and wife Carol Nakahara (C-L)
Mark Towfiq (C-R) and wife Carol Nakahara (C-L)
AFP through Getty Visuals

“They’re prisoners in their personal household,” Scolnick stated in court docket. “Their panic [and] soreness is too much to handle. They’ve shed rest. They’ve misplaced urge for food.”

Scolnick requested Orange County Outstanding Court Choose Kimberly Knill to situation a 3-year restraining buy banning Gross and Schwartz from actively playing new music outdoors when there is no a person in the home’s yard or pool spot.

But Basinger contends Gross and Schwartz are effectively in their rights to kick back again and take pleasure in some tunes in the fresh air. She requested for a restraining get to stop Towfiq from recording the couple with his Iphone or other cameras.

“The function of their residence is the out of doors living,” Basinger said. “It is an open up ground system. They listen to audio. But there is no evidence that this audio is quotation-unquote loud.”

The bizarre months-long feud could soon occur to an end — Knill claimed she would announce her choice in the situation at a Dec. 23 hearing.