We all know Mohamed Hadid. Father of supermodels, Gigi and
not-Gigi Bella Hadid. Ex-husband of Lyme disease survivor (#neverforget) Yolanda Foster. Or is it Hadid? I can’t keep up with Yolanda’s illnesses or last names. Viewers would also recognize Mohamed as a close friend of Lisa Vanderpump, showing up occasionally on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Mohamed is also a billion-dollar real estate mogul. A
completely non-shady businessman devoted to building some of the most luxurious pads in California. Recently one of these pricey mansions got Mohamed in some hot water. After violating certain codes, Mr. Money found himself on the receiving end of some community service. But the insanely wealthy are not like us. They have people on-hand to take care of every request, from screwing in a light bulb to scrubbing the toilet. Except for Kyle Richards, of course. She does everything herself! So if you thought you would see mega-rich Mohamed on the side of the road picking up trash, think again. He’s got people for that…
So, basically, Mohamed is building this huge
eyesore mega-mansion in Bel Air. The monstrous construction is pretty much being carved into the side of a damn mountain. In California. EARTHQUAKES, okay? Mohamed tacked on an illegal third floor, which was a giant no-no. According to the Daily Mail, “The 70-year-old was ordered to 200 hours of service over the illegal overbuild of his Bel Air mega mansion – but he allegedly made his security guard complete the hours. The service was supposed to serve as punishment for illegally adding a third floor to the massive mega mansion – which he hoped to sell for $100M plus.”
How could this happen, you might ask? Why ALLEGED bribery, of course! Russell Linch, Mohamed’s former construction manager shared, “Hadid bribed the primary LA Building and Safety inspector on the project, Anthony Anderson, by sending workers to Anderson’s house to build free luxury closets that were worth more than $20,000. Anderson’s son was also employed at the construction site.” Give me a sec while I draw on my “shocked” eyebrows.
Russell is also the one who claims Mohamed had his security guard perform his court-ordered community service. “Hadid sent his security guard, King Almanza, to serve Hadid’s community service,” his declaration stated.
Russell then put the bus in reverse and backed over Mohamed again. “One time when we were onsite at Strada Vecchia, Hadid answered his phone and said, ‘I can’t talk right now, I’m at community service’. Separately, King complained to me he was ‘doing community service for Mohamed and I’m not getting paid.'”
Documents state, “Hadid escaped virtually all punishment in the criminal case by having his security guard perform Hadid’s community service for him.” They further claim, “It appears that the co-operation and, more importantly, silence of the local church where Hadid was to perform his community service was purchased by way of two refrigerators and a vacuum.” A vacuum? Don’t try to bribe me with a vacuum unless you are vacuuming for me. Mohamed is ‘vehemently’ denying this claim via his attorney.
Despite numerous orders from Los Angeles City to stop the madness, in December 2015, the city decided to prosecute him criminally. Mohamed pleaded no contest to three criminal charges involving illegal construction. In July 2017 he was sentenced to 180 days in the sin bin if he doesn’t bring the house into compliance with city building codes. In addition, he was fined $3,000, ordered to pay $14,191 in fees to LA city, and serve 200 hours of community service.
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The result of Mohamed’s blatant disregard for rules is that his giant pile of concrete “teeters precariously over an unstable hillside”. Neighbors literally have to look up at this thing wondering when it’s all going to come crashing down on them. Right, so ‘ole Mo did, in fact, destroy the illegal third level. You can see photos of the house here. I don’t know anything about construction or real estate, but that situation looks scary af.
The construction and legal battle both continue, Mohamed and his hairstyle remain unbothered. I’m sure his security guard is on stand-by in case more judgement heads Mohamed’s way.
TELL US- DO YOU THINK THIS HOUSE IS AS DANGEROUS AS IT LOOKS? DO YOU BELIEVE HE HAD HIS SECURITY GUARD PERFORM HIS COMMUNITY SERVICE? SHOULD MOHAMED’S PUNISHMENT BEEN MORE SEVERE?
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