A billionaire, a former bond dealer, is accused of torturing his neighbor – by booming the theme song “Gilligan’s Island” on a loop, according to a report on Monday.
“Bond King” Bill Gross reportedly launched the musical assault to get his Laguna Beach, California, neighbor, tech entrepreneur Mark Towfiq, to drop a complaint against him. The Los Angeles Times reported.
At the center of the complaint was a $ 1 million outdoor sculpture that 76-year-old Gross and his girlfriend, former professional tennis player Amy Schwartz, installed in front of their villa.
The 22-foot blue glass installation, which stretches nearly 10 feet in height and can be illuminated at night, was erected on the couple’s $ 32 million property in 2019.
The bitter dispute only began when Gross and his friend installed a large network structure to protect the work of art from damage. Towfiq, 56, claimed he was blocking the view from his own mansion in the posh neighborhood, the report said.
The Orange County businessman called the city to file a complaint and mailed Gross a letter on July 28 informing him that the network, lighting and sculpture were not properly approved, according to the Times.
Then the dispute escalated and Towfiq filed a lawsuit the PIMCO founder Around the clock music – including the 1960s sitcom theme song – to force him to drop the complaint.
He claimed that the melodies were played even when Gross and Schwartz were not at home, and “apparently their sound system was remote-controlled,” the lawsuit says.
When Towfiq and his wife asked Gross to refuse it, the financier allegedly sent him a text that read “Peace on all fronts or good [sic] Only have concerts at night, big boy, ”according to an application for an injunction from October 15 that was approved.
“The defendant William Gross is a 76-year-old billionaire who is used to getting his way no matter what. As their behavior here shows, Gross and his girlfriend, the defendant Amy Schwartz, who were decades younger than him, are bullies, ”said Towfiq and his wife’s complaint before the Supreme Court.
Gross and Schwartz, 51, filed their own lawsuit on October 13, claiming that their wealthy neighbor was obsessed with them.
They accused Towfiq of privacy intrusion and “monitoring behavior,” including installing cameras aimed at their property.
The financial titan claimed that Towfiq had a “special fascination” for him and his girlfriend “especially when they were swimming and therefore wearing minimal, if any, clothing,” alleges the lawsuit cited by the Times.
Gross claimed he felt “trapped in my own house” and requested an injunction, according to the report, which is pending.
A hearing on Towfiq’s prosecution is scheduled for November 2nd.
Meanwhile, Gross – who was once accused of sticking dead fish in air vents return to his ex-wife – has been extended to November 16 to obtain the appropriate permits for the artwork.
Neither of them agreed to be interviewed by the Times.