“Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria claims he is being swindled by the board of his Higher West Facet constructing.
In courtroom paperwork filed Monday, Azaria claims the administration of his expensive prewar co-op is refusing to return a $50,000 safety deposit he paid to cowl potential constructing injury brought on by renovations he completed again in July 2015.
The “Evening on the Museum” star says the settlement that went together with the deposit was “comically complete” however didn’t embody point out of any electrical improve charges.
Nonetheless, the board socked him with an surprising $20,000 electrical cost, he claims.
The board additionally sided with a downstairs neighbor who claimed the renovations triggered cracks in various partitions and ceilings however didn’t give Azaria or his contractors an opportunity to examine the injury earlier than presenting an bill for $10,100.
The declare got here months after the identical downstairs neighbor mentioned Azaria’s renovations triggered water injury to some wooden flooring. Azaria’s contractors believed the injury seemingly was brought on by a failure of constructing water valves or the improper imbedding of water strains within the flooring of the residence — however the actor nonetheless paid for the neighbor to interchange the flooring, the brand new submitting claims.
Azaria mentioned the board discovered the neighbor’s claims “indisputably real” regardless of the refusal to permit inspections.
“(The board’s) lack of candor or skepticism could be inexplicable, have been it not paired with the imagined $20,000 electrical improve price which make the explication all too apparent: this can be a shakedown,” the brand new lawsuit states.
A person who recognized himself as Azaria’s downstairs neighbor Monday night time declined to weigh in on the constructing battle.
“I can not provide you with any details about that. No remark. I am sorry,” the person mentioned earlier than hanging up.