The parents of actress Marisa Tomei, Gary and Addie Tomei, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon. The suit alleges that the 60-foot-tall ailanthus tree growing in Lennon’s front yard is invading the concrete foundation of the Tomei’s Village Townhouse, destroying it and the front stoop, dislodging the railing.
According to the filing, the tree has “compromised the basement wall and interior … (causing) irreparable damage to the structural integrity of the building.” The Tomei’s are seeking $10 million in damages.
The Tomei’s alerted Lennon to the problem a year ago, but the court papers say Lennon, who is 39, never took action.
“He refuses to do anything. He’s owned it for six years and neglected it. I like him personally but he’s stubborn and he has a lawyer who is very belligerent,” said Gary Tomei in a home interview.
“I hate to see this tree come down, but it’s destroying my stoop,” Tomei said. There are cracks everywhere. The masons don’t want to make repairs because they say it’s just going to happen again. I want him to take the tree down and pay my expenses. It’s not cheap. I tried but you can’t talk to him. He’s always traveling,” he said of Lennon, who is also a musician, like his father.