Comedian, activist, and staunch LGBT ally Kathy Griffin was on the receiving end of a sexist and homophobic tirade from a neighbor over the weekend.
Jeffrey Mezger, the CEO of home-building company KB Home, unloaded on Griffin and her partner, Randy Bick, calling Griffin a “bald dyke” and a “fucking cunt” after they called police to complain about noise coming from Mezger’s house Saturday, HuffPost reports. Griffin and Bick live in the same gated community in Los Angeles as Mezger and his wife, Sandra.
The noise was coming from a pool party involving Mezger’s grandchildren. In audio of a phone conversation Bick shared with HuffPost (listen below), Mezger can be heard attacking Bick over the complaint, saying, “You’re not even the fucking owner. You’re stuck with a fucking bald dyke who Donald Trump kind of put the heat on,” apparently a reference to the controversy over Griffin’s sharing of a photo in which she held a prop that looked like Trump’s head, disembodied and bloody. The Secret Service investigated Griffin, but no charges were brought against her.
Griffin, by the way, has been bald recently because she shaved her head in July in a show of solidarity with her sister, Joyce Griffin, who was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Joyce Griffin died Thursday — just two days before the call.
Mezger continued, “Fuck you and fuck Kathy. You’re not our fucking neighbor, you’re a fucking asshole.” When Griffin asked Bick what was going on, Mezger responded, “If you’re asking Randy what’s happening, he called the cops on my 5-year-old granddaughter, you fucking cunt.”
Griffin and Bick have lived in the home for about a year and have filed several noise complaints with the homeowners association and the Los Angeles police. After one of the complaints, Mezger reportedly said Griffin and Bick “need to adapt,” according to HuffPost. The site has obtained audio and video of Mezger using profanity toward the couple on numerous occasions.
Mezger, through a spokesperson, issued a statement of apology to HuffPost. “Mr. Mezger regrets losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint involving his three young grandchildren in his swimming pool around 8 p.m. on Saturday, while they were being supervised by their mother and grandmother,” the statement said. “He apologizes for the language he used, as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes.” Mezger also apologized to Griffin in writing, the spokesperson told Bloomberg News.