Rock singer Cher has finally got approval for the huge wall surrounding her
Malibu, California, home.
Building officials in the American state swooped on the MERMAIDS actress
back in 1999 after she erected a three-metre (10-foot) wall around her
property. Regulations stipulate walls in the Malibu area should not exceed two
Ordered to bring the wall into line, Cher claimed it was vital to her
safety as it protected her from stalkers.
Officials were unimpressed, despite the singer's previous brushes with
devoted fans, so she changed tack, claiming the wall was in fact vital to the
safety of motorists in the Malibu area, protecting them as it did from the
errant tennis balls
flying onto the Pacific Coast Highway that a smaller edifice would fail to
Once again her plea went unheard and Cher was forced to take the case to
the California Appeals Court, which thankfully for the BELIEVE star, ruled in
favour of the wall.
In exchange, the singer will have to donate $125,000 (GBP80,000) to
schools in the area.