American TV personality Geraldo Rivera is suing the co-op board of the
housing development he lives in, alleging members wrongly kept a $10,000
(GBP5,550) deposit on one of his properties.
The FOX NEWS senior correspondent owns two homes in New Jersey's 26 acre
(10.5 hectare) Edgewater Colony, where residents own their homes but share
ownership of the land.
Rivera claims the board is refusing to return the security deposit for
construction of the first home he bought about five years ago, among other
He says, "They are arbitrarily and capriciously interfering with my house,
down to minimalist details like whether or not I should have a fish tank, or
whether I should plant a certain kind of flower or tree."
KAREN PAINTER RANDALL, a lawyer for Edgewater Colony, insists the lawsuit
is "entirely without merit".
In a letter sent earlier this year (04) to the colony's board, Rivera said
he believes that work he has done on his property has improved the value of all
the development's properties.
He wrote, "I pay my taxes, pick up my trash, donate to local charities and
cherish the Hudson and the rich history of Burdett's Landing. I intend living
here always, hopefully in peace and loving my neighbours.
"But if you want war, then you will get one."