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House Flipper to the Stars

MGM Honcho a 'Miserly' Tightwad

9/2/2011 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The co-CEO of MGM Studios is a bitter cheapskate ... who's trying to sue his way into a "free remodel" of the Beverly Hills mansion he bought from an L.A. real estate tycoon ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

Sandy Gallin -- who's flipped and sold homes to Sinatra, Kenny G and Mark Burnett -- has filed a response in his bitter legal war with MGM honcho Roger Birnbaum.  In the docs, Gallin claims Roger only filed a lawsuit against him because he's embarrassed that the home he bought from Gallin in 2007 for $16.5 mil has gone down in value.

TMZ broke the story, Birnbaum claims the home leaks like a sieve ... and he believes Gallin should have to pay for all of the repairs and related costs -- including a new roof.  He's demanding $500k.

But Gallin shoots back -- saying, "[Birnbaum] is motivated by his well-known miserly and parsimonious behavior in his efforts to avoid paying for the roofing remodel himself, which he believes will increase the value of the property that is , embarrassingly to Birnbaum, worth less than what he paid for it."

Gallin doesn't think he should have to fork over a single cent -- and wants a judge to kick the case to arbitration.


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1.

Uncle Rufus    

NOT LAST!

1111 days ago
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Toasty J    

They are both s***bags.

1111 days ago
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Meanie    

Ok TMZ you go me. I had to look up: parsimonious. *laugh*

1111 days ago
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jimmy    

OBAMA IS LEAVING FOR ANOTHER VACATION JUST AS A REPORT OF ZERO JOBS CREATED FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST.THAT HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONE OTHER TIME IN AMERICAS HISTORY, BACK IN 1945. OBAMA IS A TOTAL FAILURE. ONE TERM TURD!!!!!

1111 days ago
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lisa2    

Sorry but anyone else would be stuck with the leaks (if it is true), way too late now 4 yrs later!

Suck it up Birnbaum.

1111 days ago
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Ann    

Awe, those silly rich people and their problems. All I can say is I love my life with my sweet husband and family. We may have to pay our own bills, repair our own leaks and replace our own roofs, but we love each other and are a solid family that I would never trade for any amount of money.

1111 days ago
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soupy    

Nosejob vs. Nosejob

1111 days ago
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Pimpcessa    

As a realtor myself, I can only say "Sandy, STFU, you probably just screwed yourself out of millions of dollars in future commissions"!

I can't think of one good reason for him to publically make that kind of statement about a customer. And any other Hollywood celeb or bigwig will definately think twice before doing business with you in the future. SHUT UP DUDE!

1111 days ago
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bluhare    

He bought it in 2007. When did the roof leak? Immediately after? That's why you hire an inspector. Three years later? Too bad. He must have heard about Rihanna's leaky roof. She should have had hers inspected as well.

1111 days ago
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Barbara    

WHO CARES....SLOW DAY AT TMZ..??

1111 days ago
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mat    

It took the owner 4 years to notice the house leaked like sieve?

1111 days ago
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Kathy    

Spoiled rich brats.

1111 days ago
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soulofanangel    


When basic food and shelter are immediate needs, that the MIGHTY PAMPERED and RICH have "problems" like ripping off another MIGHTY PAMPERED and RICH is of no importance to us!

1111 days ago
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Barb    

I know it doesn't rain much in SoCal, but suing after four years is stretching it. Gallin, though save his comments for court.

1111 days ago
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Leader of the ignorant masses    

I find it very hard to believe that you would spend millions on a house and not have it checked top to bottom. How do you not hire more than one person to check and recheck a house that will cost you that much? If the house did have problems it is his fault he did not catch it.

1110 days ago
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