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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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46.

Dena    

Buying a house is always a risk period. When we purchased our house we were told in no way were they going to build a new development behind it and here we are 5 years later and there's a ne development being built with not only one but 40 houses that are so close we can see into each other's homes. I'm on Kevin Costner's side here. Whether he's in the media spotlight or not he's still a celebrity and their privacy is constantly invaded. This guy should just sell his house and take the loss he got duped. He's not the first person it happened too and he won't be the last. And as for this whole Kevin's bound not to plant trees bs ... Unless they're not on his own property he can do whatever he wants.

819 days ago
47.

MISSA    

$150,000 in damages for loss of enjoyment ? REALLY? you can sue over that?! WOW!

819 days ago
48.

the judge    

Costner's a snotty nose punk who's been doing this sh!t to his neighbors on Beach Club Rd. in Carp for years..and he's new money compared to his neighbors like Ty Warner and Warren Christopher.

819 days ago
49.

Dinky Doo    

what a effin' jerk.

819 days ago
50.

charley    

THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM, i AM A REAL ESTATE BROKER AND I SEE THIS HAPPEN THREE OR FOUR TIMES A YEAR...A PERSON BUYS A HOUSE AND THEN DECIDES THEY WANT THIS AND THAT, BUT DO NOT CONSIDER THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LIVED THERE FOR YEARS WITHOUT COMPLAINTS. !) hE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHO HE WAS MOVING NEXT TO...A CELEBRITY AND KEVIN PROBABLY BOUGHT THE HOUSE FOR ITS PRIVACY.....TWO...KEVIN HAS BEEN THERE LONGER THEN THIS FOOL...NO ONE COMPLAINED BEFORE HE BOUGHT THE PLACE, SO I SEE A NEIGHBOR THAT WANTS CONTROL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD (AND THESE TYPES YOU REALLY DONT WANT LIVING NEXT TO YOU) AND IT LOOKS LIKE THOSE TREES HAVE BEEN THERE FOR SOME TIME. THIS FOOL NEIGHBOR IS JUST A WHINNING IDIOT...KEVIN KEEP YOUR TREES...SAME THING HAPPENED TO LILY TOMLIN..ONLY SHE WAS THE ONE THAT CUT THE TREES DOWN AND WAS SUED BY HER NEIGHBOR, WHO WON THE KLAWSUIT AGAINST LILY TOMLIN...SO SAME B.S. HERE...THE GUY WILL END UP PAYING THRU HIS NOSE.....KEVIN JUST BEAT THAT IDIOT STEPHEN IN COURT AND THIS IS A FRIVLOUS LAWSUIT THAT HE WILL (KEVIN) WILL WIN!

819 days ago
51.

Dinky Doo    

If I was the neighbor I would go and rent a cherry picker and pretend like I was trimming my tall bushes and then been like oops...happened to have gotten yours too!

819 days ago
52.

jason    

Kevin nobody cares about you. Its called WASHED UP! Go Dance with some wolves!

819 days ago
53.

Dinky Doo    

If Kev wanted a hide out that bad he should have bought Dick Clarks 'Cave' house when it was on special!!

819 days ago
54.

Dinky Doo    

these stars are dumb they dont even think about pr if he's still trying to make money forget it Im flipping the channel from now on when I see that dude on any screen

819 days ago
55.

hbk72777    

You have no right to light or right to view in most parts of the country. Want a beach view, move closer. There's a reason you paid less for your house than the guy behind you.

819 days ago
56.

MikeD    

Of course he's right. Costner appears now to be nothing more than a J E R K , OR ********

819 days ago
57.

Throwback kid    

Hey it could be worse for Grimm, instead of looking at Costner's tress he could be watching Costner in Waterworld or any of the numerous bombs he has provided since his acting career flatlined after dancing with wolves

819 days ago
58.

D-INCARNATION    

This is precisely the reason god made matches.

819 days ago
59.

Sincerity    

"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."
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If Kevin Costner is indeed "UNDER CONTRACT" not to obscure his neighbor's "SCENIC OCEAN VIEW", I hope Rick Grimm "WINS" especially since he has made "SEVERAL ATTEMPTS" to "PRIVATELY ADDRESS" this situation. Perhaps Kevin Costner should "SERIOUSLY CONSIDER" moving to a much more "SECLUDED" location rather than "SELFISHLY INCONVENIENCING HIS NEIGHBOR!!! If his so-called "PRIVACY" is that important, he shouldn't mind "PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE"!!!

819 days ago
60.

EastCoastChopper    

Let them eat wood pulp!

819 days ago
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