Bella and Gigi Hadid's father Mohamed could face jail time, after building a 30,000 square-foot mansion without the proper permits. Per reports, Mohamed has been charged with criminally violating building regulations during construction.
Hadid first purchased the property for $2million in 2011, before knocking down the existing home and beginning construction on his new mega-mansion. According to reports, he hoped to sell it for $50 million upon completion.
His lawyers are Robert Shapiro, who represented O.J. Simpson, and Donald Re, who represented real estate heir turned accused murderer Robert Durst. Both Shapiro and Re appeared in court yesterday to claim that the case should be delayed while he sought new permits and financing to complete the offending house.
Los Angeles City Attorney Tina Hess responded that Hadid had "for five years thumbed his nose at the city…and his neighbors," which lead Judge Harmon to say that the court had a responsibility to set a trial date because "what happens in this court will affect what happens to this property."
At his May 30th trial, Mohamed will face three charges of breaching building codes and refusing to comply with LA city's orders to stop construction. Each count carries a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
"After the rain we've had over the last year, I'm really afraid that that monstrosity could end up coming down the hill and crushing my home and others," neighbour John Bedrosian told Daily Mail after the trial.
"He doesn't care about the law and he doesn't care about his neighbors," said neighbour Bibbi Horacek. We cannot sell our house. Who would buy it with Hadid's ugly house hanging over us."
Added Joe Horacek: "Once it was a beautiful hill with a small plot on the top. Then Hadid came along and destroyed it. I want that hill restored to the way it was."