A judge has ordered Mohamed Hadid, the ex-husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Yolanda Hadid, to tear down his 30,000-square-foot mansion in Bel-Air, ruling it to be a "clear and present" danger to his neighbors.The decision comes following a contentious legal battle between Hadid and the city.
In L.A. Superior Court this week, the judge agreed with concerns voiced by the city and Hadid’s neighbors that that the property fails to meet appropriate safety standards. "If this house came down the hill it would take a portion of the neighborhood with it,” he said, according to TMZ.
TMZ also reports that a structural engineer told the court that the supporting piles under the home were not driven 30 feet into the bedrock, as required by regulations. Instead, they were driven only 20 feet into the ground.
The expansive property, dubbed the Starship Enterprise for its Star Trek-esque appearance, has been at the center of legal controversy for at least four years. Hadid began the project in 2011, with the hopes of selling it for $100 million. In 2015, the city filed misdemeanor charges against Hadid for construction for failing to obtain proper permits or comply with orders from the safety department. He pled no contest to the charges in 2017.
Last year, Hadid also faced a civil suit from neighbors who alleged that the construction weakened the hillside on which it sits and put their properties in danger. Now, the judge is ordering demolition of the home, which will cost a reported $5 million.
Hadid, for his part, refutes claims that the house is unsafe, telling TMZ that it "has not moved a millimeter! It has never been an imminent danger to the neighbors." He has also filed a lawsuit against one of his neighbors for attempted extortion, which is still pending.
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