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Metallica Singer Cuts Off Hiker's Happy Trail

8/19/2008 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

No dirty, nature loving hippie is going to hike in James Hetfield's backyard -- but the fence he built to keep them, and everybody else, off his property is really pissing off the locals.

Several hikers and cyclists up in Northern Cali have their spandex in a wad because the Metallica frontman has blocked access to a hiking trail by erecting a 10-foot high fence around his property.

According to KTVU, the rockstar supposedly built the barrier to stop vandalism on his newly purchased land (on which the trail runs through) -- but the fence itself has since been vandalized with the words "shame" and "disgrace."

Het's reps had no comment.



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Word2UrMother    

Well, DUH if its his property he can build whatever he wants on it... Start a new hiking trail fools.

2193 days ago
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Jennifer    

If he owns the property he has every right to put up a fence.

2193 days ago
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Belle    

Well, if he owns it, he's got the right.
What kind of hiking trail goes through private property? Should have been designated by the city....

2193 days ago
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Jim    

If he wanted to keep people off his property he could have just played St Anger on repeat over a loud system.

2193 days ago
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Discordia    

The dude's a douchebag, but he has every right to put a fence up on HIS property. Hike around it, losers.

2193 days ago
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notenoughtime    

That is an easement since it has been openly and habitually used and runs with the land when sold.

2193 days ago
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GG    

I live in S.F. good for him!

2193 days ago
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notenoughtime    

Even if he owns the property and it is his land, if there is an easment on the property which is in use, he cannot block it.

2193 days ago
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John    

Stupid Americans!

2193 days ago
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DS    

If there is a public easeway, he is not allowed to block it. The city will make him remove the fence. Now that he owns the property, the property AROUND the easement is private, but it's now HIS responsibility to maintain the public walking area and keep it safe. Tsk tsk...shoulda looked into that before he bought the place.

2193 days ago
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tracey    

Metallica are the biggest pu**ies in rock-n-roll. Why don't he and Lars go cry themselves to sleep.

2193 days ago
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Prince of Bel Air    

He lives in Novato, and he can do whatever he wants. This isn't news, nor is it new.

2193 days ago
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DeeDee    

James donated over 300 acres back to the open space district of the county he lives in so that residents could enjoy the hiking/biking/horseback riding trails. The county has always given him praise for what he's given back and is currently working with him to get this straightened out and make everyone happy. If someone were constantly vandalizing my property, I would do something drastic too. Maybe this is what the county needed to get their attention to it.

2193 days ago
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jackschitt    

Hetfield, you need to check your title policy. If there is an easement running through your property, you approved it by initializing your preliminary title report when in escrow-you probably didn't read what you signed. If so, you are screwed and can be forced to remove the fence. Ignorance is not an excuse.

2193 days ago
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monkeynoodle    

Start a new trail, morons. Yeah, they sound like real nature lovers -- they are mad because they have to get off their trail? Walk around and make a new one! It's just a place to walk -- you can make hundreds of new trails!!

2192 days ago
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