Gigi and Bella Hadid’s Father Ordered to Tear Down LA Mansion

By Paula Liu

Mohamed Hadid, the father of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to demolish his mansion, according to multiple reports.

Page Six reported that the $100 million mega-mansion, which was undergoing construction, posed a danger to the community, citing building violations. According to TMZ, the supporting piles of the 30,000 square foot Bel-Air mansion, which was dubbed the “Starship Enterprise,” were only driven 20 feet into the ground, violating building regulations which say piles must be at least 30 feet.

Gigi, Mohamed and Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid, Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the Victoria’s Secret After Party at the Grand Palais in Paris, France on Nov. 30, 2016. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret)

Hadid’s neighbors had sued him over safety concerns, saying the mansion was built on an unstable cliff and had issues with its structural foundation. Judge Craig Karlan said the mansion, which sat atop a hill, posed a “clear and present” danger, adding that “if this house came down the hill it would take a portion of the neighborhood with it.”

“We’re not talking about an extra wall or a different way into he kitchen. We’re talking about the most significant aspect of the structure—the foundation,” Karlan said, reported the Daily Mail. Hadid’s own structural engineer said the supporting piles weren’t adequate enough to support the building.

Mohamed Hadid and daughter Bella Hadid
Model Bella Hadid (R) and her father Mohamed Hadid pose as they arrive for the screening of the film ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ (Les Fantomes d’Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2017. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images)

Karlan also rejected an argument by Hadid’s attorney, who said that although the mansion may not comply with building regulations, it’s still safe and the supporting piles can be retrofitted, reported Page Six.

Karlan appointed receiver Douglas Wilson to oversee the demolition, which will cost around $5 million. Hadid, 71, was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fee.

In response, Hadid’s lawyers told the court that their client couldn’t afford the demolition costs and fee, reported the Daily Mail. According to the outlet, Hadid had taken out a $17 million loan, which he had personally guaranteed, to construct the mega mansion.

“[The mansion] has not moved a millimeter,” Hadid told TMZ after the ruling, adding, “it has never been an imminent danger to the neighbors.”

Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid
Real estate entrepreneur Mohamed Hadid (L) and model Bella Hadid attend Global Lyme Alliance’s second annual “United For A Lyme-Free World” gala in New York City on Oct. 13, 2016. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)

Hadid said that the construction began in 2012 and was overseen by a number of city inspectors, who had said nothing of the issue until after he had spent millions on the project, according to TMZ.

The property tycoon had built the mansion hoping to sell it for nine figures.