HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Actress Minnie Driver is currently having a dispute with her 74 year-old neighbor, Daniel Perelmutter. The 46 year-old actress is being sued by her neighbor and his wife who allege that she is “verbally harassing” the couple and construction workers, and “blocking access” to the Perelmutters’ property.
Perelmutter filed court documents on Friday, May 6 in Los Angeles. The court documents revealed that Driver “has intentionally trespassed on and interfered” with the Perelmutters’ effort to build a home on the property. Perelmutter’s attorney spoke with CBS2 and provided them a video on an argument between Driver and Perelmutter.
The conflict has been ongoing for a year. In the video, Driver is heard saying: “You have destroyed my property.” Perelmutter counters: “This is my property! This is my property!”
Things escalated between Perelmutter and Driver when the actress put up an electric fence which halted construction going on at Perelmutter’s home. According to court documents, Driver allegedly used her vehicle to block access to the construction site.
Perelmutter told reporters that “we lived in peace in that neighborhood forever until she moved in about a year and a half ago and since then it’s been hell.” Minnie Driver filed a temporary restraining order last year against Perelmutter.
“Mr. Perelmutter cursed us, and blew smoke in my children’s faces. His aggressive conduct is escalating and we are frightened about what Mr. Perelmutter will do next,” said Driver.
In Perelmutter’s suit, he alleges that Driver threw baby food jars filled with black paint at his home. Some of Driver’s Twitter followers have tweeted words of support. One Twitter user questioned her about the black paint incident. Driver answered in a tweet that, “I am a lot of things (impatient, forgetful, bad at returning emails) but a petty vandal? No. Too ridiculously petulant.”
Perelmutter is being sued by Driver over the property lines of their homes. He is counter-suing over the small access to the southern tip of “his property.”
Driver uploaded to her Twitter page a picture of a statement released by her lawyer Ellyn Garofalo. The statement reads: “Daniel Perelmutter has been the bane of his neighbors for years. Ten years ago, the previous owners of Ms. Driver’s home were forced to sue Mr. Perelmutter for interfering with their ability to use a common driveway to reach their property. Mr. Perelmutter filed this lawsuit in retaliation for a contempt proceeding in which Ms. Driver alleges that Mr. Perelmutter is back to his old tricks and had violated the 2006 Court order entered against him. Mr. Perelmutter’s recent misconduct affect not only Ms. Driver, but the other homeowners who share the driveway with Mr. Perelmutter. These neighbors fully support Ms. Driver and are working with her to stop Mr. Perelmutter from his ongoing violations of the 2006 Court order and restore access to their homes. Mr. Perelmutter’s lawsuit is frivolous and will be successfully defended.”