Shia LaBeouf’s Neighbor Builds ‘Eyesore’ Of A Wall To Keep Out Paparazzi
SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — A Los Angeles City Planning Committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday about an illegal wall surrounding a San Fernando Valley home built to keep the paparazzi at bay.
The 120-foot-long white wall wraps around a home in the 3900 block of Deervale Drive.
“I call it the wall of China,” said neighbor Elke Heitmeyer.
Homeowner Orit Picker built the wall in 2010. Actor Shia LaBeouf is his neighbor and Picker says paparazzi are on his property daily.
“We built this wall because we had a problem with intruders, paparazzi and such,” said Joe Picker.
He says photographers pour into his yard, violating his family’s privacy and threatening their security.
City planning officials say the wall is illegal and neighbors say its an eyesore. They want it torn down.
“I don’t think the occasional paparazzi incidents validate overriding city rules,” Heitmeyer said.
Some neighbors say the wall was built with no permit and is too close to the street. They also allege that city ordinances only permit residential walls to be three-and-a-half feet high.
The city planning committee will examine the issue Tuesday afternoon. Picker says LaBeouf supports the wall and has a statement from him. The actor will not be at the meeting.
“He’s working on a film in Canada and not available for comment,” LaBeouf’s attorney Fred Gaines said.