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'Grey's Anatomy' Star

Sues Billy Corgan

Over Smashing Tree

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

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"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.

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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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1.

w    

Really Rebecca....Really?

718 days ago
2.

Rene    

The world IS a vampire! Unbelievable!

718 days ago
3.

DaveT    

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

718 days ago
4.

Jake    

Maybe they should sue mother nature.

718 days ago
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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...

718 days ago
6.

wendy    

clean up the tree and get on with life.

718 days ago
7.

SmittenKitten    

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

718 days ago
8.

sam    

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...

718 days ago
9.

Tina    

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

718 days ago
10.

Swins    

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

718 days ago
11.

HtotheT    

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.

718 days ago
12.

two cents    

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

718 days ago
13.

david 183    

I smell bullsh$$t.

718 days ago
14.

Rhubino    

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

718 days ago
15.

Max    

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.

718 days ago
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