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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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31.

Criss    

Billy's gotten chubby.

564 days ago
32.

TMP    

Soon we'll all be able to sue mother nature. A branch falls off a tree... did you trip? SUE. Leaves falling all around you? Are they causing a nuisance? SUE. Mother nature is such a bitch! For real though... Eric Dane and Rebecca Whatever her name is need to GET A LIFE.

564 days ago
33.

Bitch, please.    

I wish Billy had never shaved his head.

564 days ago
34.

meldale    

Really? She was dodging live, high voltage lines? Was she was walking up in the air? Besides, from the pictures it looks like the lines caught the tree. It didn't even hit the fence.

564 days ago
35.

kiana    

Eric Dane and his wife are gold digger. Everyone knows if a live tree falls in a storm it's act of God insurance clause in all fifty states. However what's a nine month pregnant woman doing at home alone in a massive storm?

564 days ago
36.

nicaw    

She was nine months pregnant in November/December 2011. Why would it take almost a year to sue.

I would love to know who lived in their respective houses first.

564 days ago
37.

Calllie    

Yeah, Eric lost his job because Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo needed more money. LOL
Didn't he have insurance.
And I remember when this happened. Oddly Eric wasn't home during the middle of the night when it happened.
But they probably need money for all those extracurricular activities they partake in.

564 days ago
38.

Sonja    

How stupid. It was a storm, the tree looks like it was across the damn street. What a tool this Eric guy is. No one was hurt... don't tell me you don't have home insurance... but no let's sue someone over what could have happened but didn't. Sigh.

564 days ago
39.

patti    

Unless the tree was diseased and the owner had been given legal notice as such, they have no case. Acts of nature are not grounds for a lawsuit. I would know, it happened to me, but, I didn't file a frivilous lawsuit. She should be ashamed of herself, she killed a child by driving recklessly and got off with no jail time, they should go quielty into obscurity.

564 days ago
40.

mostlycleverthoughts    

Why muddle relations with your neighbor over an unpredictable “act of God” that can be undone with insurance?

564 days ago
41.

mary    

Maybe it is karma getting her for impatiently driving and being on her celll and she took the life of that child in califirnia years ago. just sayin

564 days ago
42.

jlg    

You best leave Billy alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or you will have the smashkins after you

564 days ago
43.

Mark    

Ya sue the neigbour because mother nature dropped a tree. What a duche

564 days ago
44.

JiLL1    

Didn't she kill somebody once in a car accident? Ironic that she's victim now . Storms happen & trees fall. Get over it.

564 days ago
45.

pattycake    

Rebecca killed a kid with her car in Beachwood Canyon... bi%ch...STFU

564 days ago
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