Bill Gross to Contest Neighbor’s Latest Complaint About Loud Music

Bill Gross and his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges they violated a court order to stop bothering their Southern California neighbor with excessively loud music.

A lawyer for Bill and Amy Gross told a California state judge Tuesday the newlyweds intend to prove they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court, seven months after she ordered them to stop harassing their neighbors by playing sitcom theme songs and other loud music when they aren’t outdoors.

The billionaire “Bond King” and Mark Towfiq, a millionaire, have adjacent ocean-front trophy homes on the cliffs of Laguna Beach. They’ve been feuding since last year after Towfiq complained to city officials about large white netting installed over a million-dollar piece of art in Gross’s yard. According to Towfiq, the Pimco co-founder responded by blaring TV sitcom themes, including “Gilligan’s Island,” at all hours of the day.

After a trial that featured nine days of testimony, Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill ruled in December that Gross’s behavior amounted to harassment. She ordered him to stop playing loud music in his yard when he or his wife weren’t outside, and to keep at least five yards away from their neighbors. The judge set the restraining order to be in place for three years.

Both sides appeared to be on the verge of settling their dueling claims this year, but the truce appears to have ended on the evening of July 7, when Towfiq and his wife say Gross began playing loud music again after 9 p.m.

Gross and his wife, the former professional tennis player Amy Schwartz, who were wed in April, appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom with him sporting a long-sleeved golf shirt and slacks and her in a light blue silk blouse and dark pants.