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."