The mogul allegedly violated Los Angeles city orders in his construction of a 30,000-square-foot estate Los Angeles real estate developer Mohamed Hadid has been sentenced to community service and must pay fines and create a plan to stabilise an eroding hillside in Bel-Air after pleading no contest to criminal charges associated with his building a "mammoth mansion" there.
Hadid, the father of models Gigi and Bella, was building a 30,000-square-foot home on a 1.2-acre lot.
Despite the city of Los Angeles's demand that construction be halted three years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports that "construction continued illegally on the massive house, defying the city order." Nicknamed the "Starship Enterprise," the mega-mansion was allegedly "bigger and taller than city rules allowed," with "bedrooms, decks, and a [70-seat] IMAX theatre that the city said were never approved, according to court documents filed by prosecutors." At a hearing on Thursday, L.A.
County Superior Court Judge Eric Harmon sentenced Hadid to three years of probation and ordered the developer to pay more than $3,000 in fines, complete 200 hours of community service, and repay the city $14,000 to cover building department costs.
In addition, Hadid must also hire an engineer to craft a plan to stabilise the hillside on which the house sits, which neighbours say has "been dangerously destabilised." Local resident Steve Twining, president emeritus of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighbourhood Council, told the Times Hadid's sentence is "atrocious" and said the developer "should be in jail" because "he violated the city's ordinances over and over again." "We're interested in one thing and one thing only … bringing this building into compliance," Hadid's attorney Robert Shapiro told reporters.