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Real Estate CEO Yells Slurs At Kathy Griffin After Bel-Air Noise Complaint
KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger hurled a variety of slurs at Kathy Griffin Saturday night following a noise complaint her partner filed against Mezger. Griffin's boyfriend, Randy Bick, called the Los Angeles Police Department Saturday night in response to excessive noise coming from Mezger's home (Griffin and Mezger are neighbors in a Bel-Air neighborhood). Mezger subsequently called Bick and unleashed a tirade in which he described Griffin as a "bald d**e" and a "c**t."
The Huffington Post released audio footage of the incident, which the publication claims it acquired from Bick via security camera recordings. Mezger called Bick to berate him for filing a noise complaint in regards to a party Mezger hosted for his grandchildren, according to the L.A. Times. Initially the conversation only addresses Bick, but Griffin's voice can be heard asking "What's going on?" halfway through the conversation, after which Mezger addresses Griffin directly, calling her a "bitch." At one point he calls her a "bald d**e" as well, referring to Griffin's decision to shave her head in solidarity with her sister's chemotherapy treatment. Griffin's sister, Joyce, passed away last week.
"Mr. Mezger regrets losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint," a KB Homes spokesperson told the Huffington Post, adding, “[h]e apologizes for the language he used, as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes.”
The rant prompted backlash from figures like Suze Orman, who responded with a tweet chastising Mezger for his actions.
According to the Huffington Post, Griffin and Bick began filing noise complaints fairly quickly after moving into their Bel-Air home last year. They had previously called LAPD five times in response to noise coming from Mezger's property.
Mezger has been CEO of KB Homes since 2006 and became Chairman of the Board in 2016. KB Homes is the sixth-largest publicly-traded homebuilder in the country.