The judge overseeing actor Jim Belushi's bitter legal battle with neighbour
Julie Newmar is urging the couple to sort out their differences outside
Belushi is suing former BATMAN star Newmar for $4 million (GBP2.1
million), claiming harassment and defamation, to end a 10-year long
neighbourhood battle between the two over noise pollution and development.
But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge PATRICIA COLLINS insists the couple
should do whatever they can to avoid a lengthy, messy trial.
In court yesterday (14FEB05) Belushi's lawyer, EVAN SPIEGEL, insisted the
abuse his client has taken during the ongoing battle with his angry neighbour
is too extreme for him to sit down and talk terms with Newmar.
Spiegel told Collins, "It goes to harassment, vandalism, the defendant
vandalising my client's house with eggs. It goes on and on."
In court documents obtained by US news show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, BLUES
BROTHERS 2000 star Belushi accuses Newmar of destroying landscaping and a fence
that separates her property from his. She's also accused of maliciously telling
NATIONAL ENQUIRER that Belushi is a "peeping Tom," a "voyeur" and "sick".