‘Frasier’ Has Left the Building Amid Dispute Over Repairs

There are plenty of to-die-for amenities at Kelsey Grammer’s new $4.5-million Malibu estate: five acres, park-like grounds, ocean and canyon views, a pool, a tennis court, a guest house, a barn with 14 stables and a riding ring. The main house, all 8,200 square feet of it, boasts seven bedrooms. Nice. All it needed was a little renovation.

Here’s the downside, according to a lawsuit the star of television’s “Frasier” filed against his contractor in Los Angeles Superior Court:

“Inadequate construction and waterproofing” of windows, doors, balconies and “the roof system.” Not so nice. In fact, we’re having flashbacks of Aaron Spelling’s leaky roof suit.

Grammer, represented by attorneys Martin D. Singer and Paul N. Sorrell, is seeking unspecified damages from Guy Bercier Construction Inc., the contractor Grammer hired in April for major renovations to the house, which was built in the 1940s. Bercier could not be reached for comment.


Grammer claims the workmanship was shoddy and the bills inflated. He says he was charged for work that wasn’t done. He is alleging breach of contract, negligence and fraud.

As they say on his show, Frasier has left the building. He’s still living at his old mansion in Agoura Hills.


We wonder if psychic-to-the-stars Shooshan George saw a big pile of money in her future. Like, half a million bucks?


That’s the amount George receives to settle a libel and invasion of privacy suit, according to her attorneys, Neville Johnson and Brian Rishwain.

So ends her suit against Australian media giant ACP Publications, which puts out Woman’s Day, the largest weekly Down Under.

The flap involved photos snapped inside George’s home with celeb client Courteney Cox, of “Friends” fame. Duplicates allegedly were snatched from a photo shop at the Beverly Center and sold to the Australian publication and the Globe tabloid.

Woman’s Day will publish an apology under terms of the settlement. The suit against the Globe continues.


A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man who stalked Steven Spielberg. Jonathan Norman, a 32-year-old former bodybuilder obsessed with Spielberg and who claimed to be his “newly adopted son,” is serving 25 years to life in state prison; the 1998 stalking conviction in Superior Court in Santa Monica was his third strike.

Norman argued that, for the stalking conviction to stick, Spielberg had to have been afraid at the time he was being harassed. The 2nd District of the state Court of Appeal disagreed.

Spielberg was in Ireland when Norman started showing up at the gate of the film guru’s Pacific Palisades estate in July 1997. The court wrote that “Spielberg’s serendipitous absence on the days of Norman’s efforts to gain access to Spielberg’s residence cannot diminish Norman’s criminal responsibility for his course of conduct.”


Spielberg later learned from his attorney that Norman had been taken into custody carrying handcuffs, duct tape and a box cutter, along with a day planner with an eerily altered photograph of Spielberg and the names of his wife and children. “What matters is that when he did learn of Norman’s acts and threats, Spielberg suffered the requisite fear for his own safety and the safety of his family,” the court concluded.


Actor Jason Hervey, who played obnoxious older brother Wayne Arnold on “The Wonder Years,” and his bride claim in a lawsuit that a Las Vegas wedding chapel invaded his privacy by selling photos of his nuptials to a tabloid.

Hervey, 27, and his wife, Shannon, who live in Los Angeles, filed their suit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, naming the Little White Wedding Chapel and four individuals as defendants. The couple claim that they paid for pictures of the Feb. 6, 1998, ceremony, that wound up in the National Enquirer a month later without their permission. The couple say the tabloid paid $20,000 for the shots.

The suit states that the sale of the wedding photos was “highly offensive.” The couple seek unspecified monetary damages to compensate them for “severe emotional damage.” A telephone listing for the chapel could not be found.


Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is suing Old Navy, accusing the clothing store of using his music--specifically his “Cantaloupe Island” tune--to peddle track pants. Hancock says he did not agree to that.

Hancock claims in his suit in U.S. District Court that Old Navy is infringing on his copyright by using the tune without his permission. He seeks unspecified damages.


An Old Navy spokesman couldn’t be reached.