At­tor­neys for ac­tor, neigh­bor give open­ing state­ments in dis­pute

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Rad­nor should pay his neigh­bors $1 mil­lion for car­ry­ing out a se­ries of im­prove­ments at his Hol­ly­wood Hills home in al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the terms of a long­time ease­ment, an at­tor­ney told a jury to­day, but a lawyer for the ac­tor said the plain­tiffs de­serve noth­ing and are in­ter­fer­ing with her client’s en­joy­ment of his prop­erty.

The two sides made their re­marks dur­ing open­ing state­ments in the Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court trial of Ran­cho Carl­ton Prop­er­ties LLC’s law­suit against Rad­nor, who bought his prop­erty in 2007 on hilly Bryn Mawr Drive, some nine years be­fore Scott and Diana An­der­son pur­chased the home next door. Scott An­der­son is the reg­is­tered agent of the fam­ily-owned Ran­cho Carl­ton Prop­er­ties, which sued the 45-year-old ac­tor in May 2017.

The Ran­cho Carl­ton Prop­er­ties home was pre­vi­ously owned by for­mer “The Hills” cast mem­ber Au­d­rina Pa­tridge, who is sched­uled to tes­tify Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to plain­tiffs’ at­tor­ney Scott Ma­cias, in 1965 ear­lier own­ers of the Ran­cho Carl­ton home granted an ease­ment to the then-owner of the Rad­nor home to build a walk­way and a bar­be­cue.

But af­ter he bought the home, Rad­nor de­mol­ished the ex­ist­ing deck, brick walk­way and bar­be­cue, built a larger wood deck, added a can­tilever and seat­ing area and con­verted the ex­ist­ing bar­be­cue into a much taller fire­place.

The mod­i­fi­ca­tions were done with­out build­ing per­mits and caused the ease­ment to be ter­mi­nated, Ma­cias said.

When Scott An­der­son tried to dis­cuss the mod­i­fi­ca­tions with Rad­nor, the ac­tor replied, “Please talk to my at­tor­neys,” ac­cord­ing to Ma­cias.

The 34-year-old Pa­tridge is ex­pected to tes­tify she never con­sented to the Rad­nor im­prove­ments and that she was work­ing most of the time in NewYork and was not fully aware of the 2014-15 im­prove­ments un­til later, when she wrote Rad­nor a let­ter in Fe­bru­ary 2016 telling him he was in vi­o­la­tion of the ease­ment terms, Ma­cias said.

Rad­nor has coun­ter­sued Ran­cho Carl­ton Prop­er­ties, ask­ing that he be left alone and al­lowed to en­joy his prop­erty with­out in­ter­fer­ence from his neigh­bors. His at­tor­ney, Edith Matthai, told ju­rors that he made the im­prove­ments be­cause con­di­tions on the ease­ment were un­sightly and un­safe. She said there were ter­mites in the wood of the pre­vi­ous deck and some of the bricks in the walk­way were raised and could cause some­one to trip.

“He ren­o­vated what was on the ease­ment,” Matthai said. “He wanted the work done and he wanted it done cor­rectly.”

Matthai chided the plain­tiffs’ dam­ages re­quest.

“They want a mil­lion dol­lars from Mr. Rad­nor for us­ing his own prop­erty,” Matthai said.

Rad­nor, the trial’s first wit­ness, tes­ti­fied he did not know the ease­ment ex­isted un­til he re­ceived Pa­tridge’s let­ter. He said he was un­happy with her al­le­ga­tions that his im­prove­ments had ter­mi­nated the ease­ment.

“I thought she had falsely ac­cused me of do­ing some­thing I hadn’t done,’’ Rad­nor said.

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