This is possibly one of the weirder lawsuits around. Last year, in December we posted about how a giant eucalyptus tree fell into Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart‘s home in Beverly Hills. L.A winds were reaching almost 100 mph at the time, and luckily, even though the couple were at home with their daughter, Billy Beatrice, no one was hurt. Rebecca had to visit the doctor the next day for a check-up as she was heavily pregnant at the time. It was all good, the fetus was fine and she ended up giving birth later that month, on the 28th to a daughter they named Georgia Geraldine. So that’s the last we expected to hear about the incident, nasty and stressful as it was. Not quite, because the fallen tree and the damage caused is now being linked to their very famous neighbor, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. The couple are taking him to court — they’ve already filed the suit at the L.A. County Superior Court — because it was his tree that fell on their home! Not kidding, guys. They’re suing for nuisance, negligence, and injunctive relief.
Dr. McSteamy Eric claims that he had warned Billy about the fact that the tree was a danger to everyone, and that Billy did nothing about it. Billy tells TMZ, “I was horrified when I learned about the tree falling during what was a massive storm, a storm with winds strong enough to uproot a 50 ft tree by its base! Thankfully no one was injured.” He says that he’s had any similar “dangerous” trees on his property assessed and uprooted by an expert but to be sued for an act of nature is “a shame … because [Eric and Rebecca] are nice people.” Warranted lawsuit or unnecessary — you decide.
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