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Sean Lennon's Invasive Tree Is the Root of a $10M Lawsuit

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What would another day in New York be without another frivolous lawsuit involving some marginally famous people? No day at all. At that, today's lawsuit involves the parents of actress Marisa Tomei, who allege that a tree on neighbor John and Yoko progeny Sean Lennon's property is wreaking havoc on their townhouse at 155 West 13th Street. The lawsuit filed by the Tomeis alleges that the roots of the 50-year-old, 60-foot-tall ailanthus tree on Lennon's neighboring property at no. 153 have spread into the Tomeis yard, and cracked their stoop, broken their railings, and even permeated their basement floor, NYP reports. The reparations they're seeking? They want the tree to be cut down. Oh, and $10 million.

The lawsuit alleges that Lennon's reaction to the Tomeis' repeated request to remove the tree, a known invasive species from China, borders on the indifferent. A September 2014 letter from the Tomeis' attorney to the reputed musician says Lennon has refused to take action despite word from his own arborist and mason that the tree is a problem. Lennon purchased no. 153 in 2008 for $9.5 million. The townhouse is currently under construction.
· Marisa Tomei's parents suing Sean Lennon over tree [NYP]