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Kevin Costner Sued

You'll NEVER

Take This Beach!

6/19/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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File this under: "The Problems of VERY Rich People."

Kevin Costner has been dragged into a nasty legal war with his neighbor in Carpinteria, CA -- an upscale beach community near Santa Barbara.

Long story short -- the neighbor, Rick Grimm, claims he bought a SICK beach property back in 2009 with KILLER views of the ocean and coastline ... and it happens to be located right behind Costner's pad.

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Problem is ... the neighbor claims Costner is paranoid about his privacy and planted a bunch of trees and shrubs to make sure nobody from Grimm's property can see into his home ... trees which are now blocking Grimm's once-spectacular view.

Grimm filed a lawsuit, obtained by SBView.com, claiming he TRIED to play nice -- sending multiple requests to Kevin and his wife to trim the hedges -- but the Costners blew him off ... and planted even TALLER trees.

Grimm says Costner is contractually bound to NOT plant trees which obstruct Grimm's view ... but Kevin doesn't care. According to the suit, Kevin made it clear to Rick's people he would not "back down" and would "do everything in his power to secure his privacy."

Grimm is now asking a judge to force Kevin to chop down his trees ... PLUS he wants at least $150,000 in damages for loss of enjoyment and $500k for damage to his property value if the trees don't come down.

A rep for Costner had no comment.

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Amber    

$500,000 for the loss of his enjoyment??? OMG

671 days ago
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Anonymous    

He is right...I hope he sticks it to Costner.

671 days ago
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Mike L    

This guy is out of his mind. Contractually bound to not plant trees? Doubt it. Money for loss of enjoyment? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! What a joke. Any judge will see this and throw it out immediately. Don't like it, don't be cheap and buy a house on the beach instead of behind one thats on the beach.

671 days ago
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DaveT    

I like Kevin, but he should do the considerate thing and top those trees off enough to let his neighbor have his view back.
Owning a house and property does give us certain rights to do pretty much whatever we want on our own property, but common courtesy and respect for our neighbors should motivate us to be considerate of any negative impact we might have on neighbors.

671 days ago
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ShrinkWrap    

Yes, TMZ this is what Charles Barkley refers to as "White People Problems." Rich White people problems. They both remind me of children fighting over a toy in daycare.

671 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.

Seriously, it does suck. You have this heavenly view and some idiot plants tall trees. Then you have others that remove every freaking one they can, causing other problems. Can't win.
Sounds like what happens when Trump puts up a new highrise somewhere, taking away other's views. Oh well, something I don't have to worry about...

671 days ago
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Jack    

Kevin must still think he's relevant that people care to invade his privacy.

671 days ago
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amazinglybored    

Well, someone needs some money. And if the guy is taking pictures that are getting posted online (see TMZ's pic) maybe there was some point to the 'paranoia'.

671 days ago
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Joao    

Stand you ground Kevin. You're a celebrity!! You can ANYTHING-you-damn-well-want. Just ask any one of those Californian Celebrity Court judges/clowns. Don't worry man, they'll have your back. Who the hell that guy thinks that he dealing with.

671 days ago
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Poopey Poopstein    

Oh how "Grim"

671 days ago
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click    

I'd be angry too based on the picture

671 days ago
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Virtual Insanity    

I don't blame him for suing. The view was a huge factor in why he bought the property. If Costner is so concerned with his privacy, maybe he should invest in blinds.

671 days ago
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shanem    

This Mr. Grimm plans on leasing out the property often. Even if it's expensive property, I'd be concerned about my privacy too. And about the safety and well-being of my wife and children.

671 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

I'd be out there every night at 3am with a box of rocks and rotten eggs till he caves.....

671 days ago
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Butterfly    

MR. GRIMM, I had a similar situation , bur, not for ocean views. Nothing against Mr. Costner, he is a good man, but, if you do not mind my saying, PLEASE, do not make comments about your case, to ANYONE , not even to your NEIGHBORS and FRIENDS. Try to be as PRIVATE as you can. because, what you say in frustration, could come back to BITE. Same for Mr.Costner. Hope the two of you will be able to resolve this problem without public humiliation. It CAN happen! Good Luck!!!

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