Judge to Connery, neighbors: Stop suing

Judge tells Sean Connery, neighbors: End 'slash and burn' lawsuits over Manhattan town house
December 23, 2007 9:00:00 PM PST
A judge has an idea for the next installment in a series of lawsuits between Sean Connery and his Manhattan neighbors: Live and let live. In court papers, Burton Sultan calls his neighbor Connery, 77, the antithesis of the suave secret agent he played in "Live and Let Die" and other James Bond films, branding him "a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency" in the town house they share.

Connery and his wife claim the Sultan family's complaints have delayed needed repairs to the roof, imperiling the Connerys and raising the repair costs.

In a decision made public Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman tossed out many of the Sultans' claims but slammed the Connerys for what she called their "blunderbuss" legal salvos.

She barred both sides from filing any more lawsuits without her permission, saying they "have engaged in a 'slash and burn' litigation strategy."

Connery's lawyer and publicist and Sultan's lawyer did not immediately return telephone messages Thursday.

The sides have clashed repeatedly over the Connerys' years-long renovations to their part of the six-story, landmarked 1869 town house. The Sultans claim the renovations have subjected them to noise, fumes, leaks and rats, ruining their collection of antique wicker furniture.