William H. Macy Has Been Sued For $600,000 For Allegedly Cutting Down His Neighbor’s Trees
A few years ago, if you’d asked me which Hollywood star would be the least likely to get embroiled in legal drama, I’d probably say William H. Macy. But guess what? Past me would’ve been wrong. In 2019, William’s wife, Felicity Huffman, spent 11 days in the clink for being involved with the college admissions scandal — and he was totally in on the scam, too. Now, Page Six reports that the 73-year-old actor is being sued for $600,000 for “knowingly and intentionally” cutting down his next-door neighbor’s trees. Sigh. All of WHM’s scandals are so… WASPy. The exact opposite of anything that ever happened on Shameless.
William and Felicity live in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. According to court documents, their neighbor, Pierce Brown, is claiming William damaged his property after instructing his landscapers to chop down trees past his property line. via Page Six:
The project, which occurred in December 2021, reportedly “destroyed” or “seriously damaged several healthy, decades-old mature pine trees and other vegetation from the Brown Property.”
“The pine trees and other vegetation were located well inside of the Brown Property line,” the complaint, which was filed last week, continued. “In accessing the Brown Property, Macy’s workers damaged the gate that connected the two properties.”
Pierce was on vacation at the time, but he says the following month, WHM came over and “acknowledged” that his workers trespassed onto Pierce’s property without permission and damaged numerous areas, including the hillside.
Pierce wants $600,000 for loss of property value (fair), loss of use and enjoyment of his property (trees are good for the soul), a loss of privacy (TMZ says the damage turned his house “into a duck on a platter for all to see”), an increase of noise (did the trees block the noise?), as well as irritation, annoyance, discomfort, and “emotional distress.” I feel like emotional distress is a very broad term that can imply anything from slight anxiety to major psychological problems. Either way, it sounds great in a lawsuit!
William has yet to respond to the suit, but if he deals with legal trouble, anything like his character in Fargo, he’s probably already on the lam:
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