Hadid Sisters' Dad Sentenced Over Illegal LA Mansion

Mohamed Hadid must complete 200 hours of community service
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2017 8:09 AM CDT
Fashion Models' Dad Sentenced Over Illegal LA Mansion
In this May 17, 2017, file photo, model Bella Hadid and her father, Mohamed Hadid, arrive at the opening ceremony of the 70th international film festival in Cannes, France.   (Thibault Camus)

The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports that real estate developer Mohamed Hadid was sentenced Thursday to 200 hours of service, fined $3,000, and ordered to pay the city more than $14,000 to cover building department costs. Hadid pleaded no contest in May to misdemeanor charges for building portions of a 30,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air without obtaining proper permits, reports the AP.

The Times explains that the house's height and size were in excess of what the city permits, and neighbors have complained that the structure has destabilized the hillside it sits on. Hadid has also been ordered to employ an engineer to develop a plan to stabilize the land; if that can't be done, the house may have to be razed, at an estimated cost of $1 million. Authorities say bedrooms, decks, supporting walls, and even an IMAX theater were built illegally. The city halted construction three years ago and the home remains unfinished. Hadid's attorney, Robert Shapiro, said after sentencing that Hadid is interested in bringing the home into compliance and completing it. (More fashion model stories.)

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