Oprah is being sued by her neighbor for trying to do too much with her property

When you’re as rich and famous as Oprah Winfrey, you’re probably accustomed to litigation.

So, when her neighbor sued her recently, Oprah surely took it in stride. However, the suit is interesting nonetheless.

Charles Goodman, a retired Nuclear Physicist, is suing Winfrey because she is planning to cut off a few public hiking trails. Winfrey isn’t the only person that Goodman has sued. He has sued several people who are connected with the sale of 66 acres of land that Oprah purchased next to his summer home.

Winfrey made the purchase for $10.85 million, and as a result, is planning to make some major changes.

“I don’t care if Oprah is a neighbor, but if she is going to cut off access to trails, I don’t find that acceptable,” Goodman told The Denver Post.

Winfrey is going to build a mansion on the property and a guest house, along with cutting down 800 to 1,000 trees. She is then going to build a bridge over a ski run to give easier access to the home. Goodman’s issue is that Winfrey is her planning to shut down a series of public hiking trails in the process.

The 86-year old Goodman purchased his property back in 1972, so he has enjoyed it for over 40 years. He is also one of the people who pushed to have the hiking trails created in the first place. The purchase of the land was made by one of Oprah’s subsidiary companies, “Yellow Brick Road Co LLC.”

When the lawsuit was filed, the company issued a statement on the matter.

“Yellow Brick Road CO LLC will continue to work with the residents of the Ski Ranches HOA to enable them to have reasonable access over portions of the company’s recently acquired property for recreational trail use,” Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman Wendy Luckenbill told The Denver Post.

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