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US judge to Sean Connery and his neighbors: End your spat over a Manhattan townhouse

US judge to Sean Connery and his neighbors: End your spat over a Manhattan townhouse

A judge has an idea for the next installment in the series of lawsuits between James Bond actor Sean Connery and his Manhattan neighbors: Live and let live.
State Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman is encouraging the actor's family and ophthalmologist Dr. Burton Sultan's clan to end their feud over their shared, landmarked Upper East Side town house. In a decision made public Wednesday, the judge tossed out many of the Sultans' claims but also slammed the Connerys for what she called their "blunderbuss" legal salvos.
"Regrettably, both parties to this dispute have engaged in a 'slash and burn' litigation strategy," Friedman wrote, barring both sides from filing any more lawsuits without her permission.
Connery's lawyer and publicist and Sultan's lawyer did not immediately return telephone messages early Thursday.
The neighbors have clashed repeatedly over the Connerys' renovations to the six-story, 1869 town house on East 71st Street. The Sultans live on the lower four floors. Connery's son bought the top two as a condominium in 1998 but moved elsewhere two years later and let his parents move in.
The Sultans have claimed in court papers that the years-long renovations subjected them to noise, fumes, leaks and rats, damaging their home and ruining their notable collection of Victorian and early 20th-century wicker furniture. The Sultans' court papers also have called Connery the antithesis of the suave spy he famously played, branding him "a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency," blasts loud music and has refused to quiet down.
The Connerys have claimed that the Sultans' complaints have delayed needed repairs to the town house roof, imperiling the actor's family and raising the repair costs.
Connery, 77, was the first actor to play the British secret agent known as 007 on film, in 1962's "Dr. No." He reprised the role in such Bond classics as "From Russia With Love," "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice." He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.


Updated : 2021-03-01 15:56 GMT+08:00