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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? After you run over a child and kill him, you are seriously filing suit because of something that might have happened? You should be ashamed of yourself.

718 days ago


Really Rebecca? You run over a child and kill him and get off scot free, but when a tree falls and you are NOT injured, you file a lawsuit? A move like this screams volumes about your character or lack thereof. You and your husband ought to be ashamed.

718 days ago


Oh come on! F*ckin live in New England and then blame it on Billy WAIT I MEAN MOTHER NATURE!!!!!. That's BS, get over it stupid GA ass!!!

717 days ago

the Blinding    

Didn't she kill a kid years ago while talking on her stupid phone? They should just be glad that karma didn't come back to claim their kid for the one she killed and move the **** on. They must be running low on money for coke.

717 days ago

Spicy mag    

If only a tree had fallen in front of her car before she killed someone with it.

717 days ago


Let's not forget this is the Rebecca who was responsible for the death of a young boy via an auto accident. Per People Magazine:

"Sitting in a downtown Manhattan cafe, Gayheart chokes up when she speaks of the aftermath of June 13, 2001. At 2:40 p.m. that day, she was driving through central L.A. in a borrowed Jeep Grand Cherokee when she struck third grader Jorge Cruz Jr. as he was crossing the street on his way home from school. Cruz died the next day at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. According to police reports, several cars had stopped for Cruz when Gayheart pulled into the left lane to pass them and hit the boy. Gayheart declines to discuss the specifics of the accident; in 2002 she settled a wrongful death suit filed by the boy's parents, Silvia Martinez and Jorge Cruz."

You'd think she'd have more sympathy, oops, empathy. 9 months pregnant? At least she has her child today.

716 days ago


she killed a child, give me a break coke wh*re

716 days ago
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