Bill Gross’s neighbor in Laguna Beach testifies to loud musical feud of reopened July night – Orange County Register
A Laguna Beach tech entrepreneur said on Tuesday he hoped his highly contentious dispute with neighbor mega-investor Bill Gross ended, until a July night of supposedly high-decibel music brought back the pair of oceanfront residents. in the Orange County Superior Court.
Less than a year after a judge issued a restraining order preventing Gross and his wife, former professional tennis player Amy Gross, from playing loud music on their property, their neighbors – Mark Towfiq and his wife, Carol Nakahara – Are asking a judge to hold contempt of court for allegedly violating the order.
The previous round of hearings made headlines over allegations Gross played loud music loops, including the theme song “Gilligan’s Island”, after Towfiq complained to the city of a large unauthorized lawn sculpture that was installed on the Gross property. In late December, a judge defeated Gross in court, which Towfiq said on Tuesday he hoped to calm the dispute between the two neighbors.
“I mean, after the trial and everything we’ve been through, we were hoping that was the end of everything and that we could live in peace,” Towfiq said.
Towfiq said he began to “get this feeling in my stomach that things were starting to start over” after a large umbrella that obstructed his view of the ocean was installed on Gross’s property, and when he heard loud music one evening in June. Then on July 7, Towfiq said he and his wife were relaxing in their bedroom when they heard rock music – possibly classic Boston or Foreigner rock – coming from Gross’s garden.
“It was almost like they really wanted us to hear them,” Towfiq said.
Police were called and body camera footage released in court on Tuesday showed officers commenting on being able to hear the music above the din of traffic on the adjacent coastal road. Gross and his wife could be overheard refusing repeated requests from officers to turn the music down, responding that it was within the allowed decibel range and saying they were having fun.
“That’s the kind of people they are,” Laguna Beach Cpl. James Gramer could be heard saying in body camera footage after Gross and his wife refused to approach and speak to him.
A lawyer representing Gross questioned Gramer in court about whether the remark was anti-Semitic, given that Amy Gross is Jewish. The officer replied that he was simply referring to the type of people who would be suspicious of the police.
Gross’s attorneys accused Towfiq of invading Gross and his wife’s privacy by filming them on their property.
Attorney Patricia Glaser, who is representing Gross at the current hearings, alleged that Towfiq is “unusually interested” in Gross and accused him of “cocking” the restraining order. Glaser claimed Gross and his wife were playing music while enjoying a visit with a guest, and turned the volume down after the police called.
The allegation that Gross violated a court order raises both the potential issues and the burden of proof. If a judge finds Gross in contempt of court, he would have the discretion to fine him or even put him in jail for a short period of time.
The testimony is expected to continue on Monday, September 20.