Judge allows access in Los Angeles gate squabble

January 15, 2009 7:05:35 PM PST
The multimillion-dollar battle between the haves and the have-even-mores over who gets to use access gates to enter their luminary-studded enclave is over - for now. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that "guests and invitees" of South Beverly Park can now use the gates at North Beverly Park, ending an almost three-year dispute.

The exclusive quarrel erupted in 2006 when residents of 64-home North Beverly Park, who include Denzel Washington, Reba McEntire, Eddie Murphy and media moguls Haim Saban and Sumner Redstone, barred nannies, gardeners and others traveling to adjoining South Beverly Park from using northern gates, citing security costs and concerns.

That meant the visitors had to detour seven miles to get to the 16 homes on the southern end.

The southerners, including Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and producer Richard Zanuck, sued, saying the policy was arbitrary, capricious and "downright unneighborly."

A judge this week agreed, but North Beverly Park attorney Jeffrey Huron says he plans to file objections.

"There is no reason why (southern) guests and invitees should not have to use the public streets like all of the other residents in the neighborhood that do not live in North Beverly Park," he said.

South Beverly Park attorney Steve Goldberg says he's filing a claim for damages, plus $2 million in legal fees.


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