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'Grey's Anatomy' Star

Sues Billy Corgan

Over Smashing Tree

10/2/2012 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Grey's Anatomy" star Eric Dane has declared legal war on his "Smashing Pumpkins" neighbor Billy Corgan, claiming a falling tree nearly KILLED Eric's pregnant wife ... and it's all Billy's fault -- but Billy tells TMZ, he's innocent.

Eric and his wife Rebecca Gayheart filed the lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court -- claiming one of Billy's trees came crashing through their Beverly Hills home during a nasty storm last year ... flooding the house ... and breaking a giant power line.

Thanks to the fallen tree, Eric claims Rebecca -- nine months pregnant at the time -- had to evacuate a "quickly flooding" home while dodging live high-voltage wires. TMZ posted pics of the damage.

Eric claims Billy had been warned about the dangerous eucalyptus trees on his property and failed to take action.

But Billy tells TMZ, that's "patently untrue" ... insisting he was never warned about his dangerous trees and didn't realize they posed a threat until it was too late.

Billy says, "I was horrified when I learned about the tree falling during what was a massive storm, a storm with winds strong enough to uproot a 50 ft tree by its base! Thankfully no one was injured."

As soon as the accident happened, Billy says he called an expert to have similarly dangerous trees removed from his property. Billy calls the lawsuit "a shame ... because [Eric and Rebecca] are nice people."

Eric and Rebecca are suing for nuisance, negligence, and injunctive relief -- demanding unspecified damages.

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Really Rebecca....Really?

750 days ago


The world IS a vampire! Unbelievable!

750 days ago


Smashing pumpkins after Halloween's over with 2x4's is fun, be funner with a Gallagher watermelon mallet

750 days ago


Maybe they should sue mother nature.

750 days ago

Gloria Unread    

The tree doesn't look like it even landed close to the house.
Clever how Dane added it "nearly killed my pregnant wife" to amp-up the guilt and sympathy factor. I'd like to know if they were even home at the time, or are they just playing hypotheticals...

750 days ago


clean up the tree and get on with life.

750 days ago


Like Rebecca needs to be pregnant, anyway.. go do more meth with Kari Ann Peniche, honey...

750 days ago


I don't think they should sue.
They could have KINDLY asked if he would pick up what the insurance didn't cover.
In most states if a neighbor's tree falls on your house you are liable...just the law folks.

Exception if the tree was sick/dead and a risk.

Somehow I think this was a healthy tree.

Rebecca and Eric have been rubbing me the wrong way for a while.way now...

750 days ago


Look he just lost his job and she is an out of work actress. They need the money.

750 days ago


Are they doing a new Adam's Family movie? is that uncle fester on the right?

750 days ago


Karma is a beyotch. Let's NOT forget this, caused by her impatience with traffic and passing stopped cars by driving around them. Does the sentence fit the crime?

Vehicular manslaughter
On June 13, 2001, Gayheart struck and fatally injured nine-year-old Jorge Cruz, Jr. as he walked across a street in Los Angeles. On November 27, 2001, Gayheart pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. She was sentenced to three years' probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours of community service.[9] Jorge Cruz Jr died the day after his injury.

750 days ago

two cents    

It's an "act of God". Get over it, dramaqueen. Besides, those pics are of a branch, not a tree. Good grief.

750 days ago

david 183    

I smell bullsh$$t.

750 days ago


Ah, c'mon boys, have a little chat over the backyard fence and work it out.

750 days ago


What total losers. Suing your neighbor over a fallen tree when you're already rich? What are you going to do with the money, buy another $5000 stroller? Saw the Pumpkins at Stubb's on Thursday. Great show.

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