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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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16.

zoolady    

Billy is one of the sweetest celebs I've met. Leave him ALONE!

666 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

When I lived in San Diego the eucalyptus trees were notorious for falling down and they explode when they catch on fire, they cut down a lot of them, but even still, the trees were probably already there when they moved in so...

666 days ago
18.

ShrinkWrap    

She hit and killed a child in an accident. If that tree had killed his pregnant wife (not likely since it didn't fall near the house), blame karma, not Corgan.

666 days ago
19.

gpzjack    

i wish i had rich people problems

666 days ago
20.

pinklemonade    

They should be suing themselves for lack of talent. They'd win that one.

666 days ago
21.

Shannon    

It's karma for running over and killing a 9 year old boy.

666 days ago
22.

ilikepopcorn    

A tree falling during a storm is an act of nature, or "God" if you prefer that term. Hitting a child with your car and killing him while crosses the street, is not. Only one person in this story is a guilty party and I'm looking at you Rebecca.

666 days ago
23.

Eric    

Ruh roe, sounds like someone doesn't have insurance.. :-(

666 days ago
24.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

He's got another house in Highland Park/Winnetka IL and my younger brother is his next door neighbor there, 6 million dollar homes on Lake Michigan. No problems there. It's the LA freakshow....

666 days ago
25.

Seldombinlaid    

What kind of dumb ass sues over mother nature? I'm sure insurance took care of everything.

666 days ago
26.

OooooNooo!    

First World Problems.

666 days ago
27.

PT    

Surprised any attorney would attempt this suit. Act of God defense.

666 days ago
28.

justadude    

she's having a baby? i hope she doesn't kill it.

666 days ago
29.

Parker    

Phk Gayhart and her homo spouse...dude did not make the tree topple over it was mother nature...if he had gone out there and cut it and it fell then you puzzies have a case...other then that....go have your lil bastard and move on!

666 days ago
30.

karen    

Some of you people posting have NO idea what you're talking about. Eucalyptus trees are extremely dangerous, because their roots get to the point where they no longer can support the tree. He was warned about this. Every homeowner with Eucalyptus trees knows this. Sorry, Billy. You should have moved them when you bought the place.

666 days ago
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