2 min read.Updated: 01 Dec 2020, 10:44 AM ISTPatricia Hurtado, Bloomberg
The two Laguna Beach neighbors are embroiled in a nasty feud, with Mark Towfiq claiming Gross blasted music, including the theme to Gilligan’s Island, at all hours of the day to get him to drop a complaint about a glass sculpture in his yard
Bill Gross’s California oceanside neighbor Mark Towfiq figured there might be trouble ahead when the Pacific Investment Management Company LLC co-founder was eyeing the house next door to his.
The seller of the home described Gross as an “angry billionaire with a short fuse," and a money manager at Pimco offered his “condolences" when the tech entrepreneur told him Gross would be his new neighbor, Towfiq testified at a hearing in Santa Ana court Monday.
The two Laguna Beach neighbors are embroiled in a nasty feud, with Towfiq claiming Gross blasted music, including the theme to Gilligan’s Island, at all hours of the day to get him to drop a complaint about a glass sculpture in his yard. Gross claims Towfiq had been stalking him. They sued each other for harassment.
"Ha, ha, I am in trouble," Towfiq said he texted Patrick Boyd, the man who was selling his home to Gross.
Most of Towfiq’s second day on the stand at the hearing was spent being cross-examined by Gross’s lawyer Jill Basinger, who told Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill that she intended to prove that Towfiq is “obsessed" with Gross and his girlfriend “and has been stalking him at all hours."
She asked Towfiq why he was so fascinated with Gross, prompting the tech entrepreneur to say that he was “concerned" that he would be his new neighbor.
“I’d seen the news of how he’d treated his family, his employees," Towfiq said, referring to tabloid reports of Gross’s divorce that included claims from his ex-wife Sue that he left their multimillion-dollar home a smelly mess with dead fish placed in the air vents after more than three decades of marriage.
Basinger tried to portray Towfiq as litigious and confronted him about a prior lawsuit filed by a former neighbor. Towfiq testified the former neighbor had sued the city of Laguna Beach because it had granted him permits to build on the property and tried to get them reversed.