Richard Gere Kills Trees, Infuriates Neighbors
Actor Richard Gere has starred in "Chicago
," "Runaway Bride
," and last October, in "Amelia
," alongside Hilary Swank. But his latest roll? 'Tree-killer,' according to angry neighbors in Bedford, N.Y., where Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell, own a 14-acre property.
This morning, The New York Post
reported that Gere felled up to 200 trees on his property, without a permit, to make room for a horse paddock (the actor is a passionate equestrian).
Rather than seeking the proper channels and permits, he hired someone to cut them down," R.J.Marx, editor of the Record-Review
, a local paper, told The New York Post
. "He's generally a good neighbor. It was out of character."
Gere and Lowell restored an old farmhouse on their property and turned it into a bed-and-breakfast called the Bedford Post
. In addition to the inn, which opened last July, the establishment boasts a yoga studio and a restaurant recently hailed by Esquir
e magazine as one of the best new restaurants of 2009
But that was no comfort to rankled residents. "This is a town where money isn't an issue. What matters are good manners and caring about the community," another local told The Post
. "I'm not sure what he was thinking."