Justin Theroux wins legal victory in battle with New York neighbor

Justin Theroux has won a victory in his years-long legal battle with his Greenwich Village neighbor – with a recent ruling paving the way for a possible damages claim from the actor, The Post has learned.

A Manhattan judge in this week’s ruling found downstairs neighbor Norman Resnicow liable for two claims of private harassment made by Theroux in his 2017 lawsuit in which he accused the real estate attorney of later launching a harassment campaign against Having started him and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston they embarked on a $1 million renovation.

“Theroux has legally determined that various aspects of Norman Resnicow’s conduct towards him constitute private harassment – a willful, unreasonable interference with Theroux’s use and enjoyment of his home,” said Manhattan Superior Court Judge Gerald Lebovitz.

Theroux, 52, alleged in his lawsuit that Resnicow, 76, entered his property, looked in his windows, harassed workers and killed the ivy growing on their shared rooftop terrace.

Lebovitz before found that Resnicow was held liable for trespassing on the roof terrace side of Theroux.

Justin Theroux
A judge cleared the way for the trial in the lawsuit between Justin Theroux and his Greenwich Village neighbor in a ruling Monday.

The judge denied Resnicow’s request not to have the case decided by a jury. He said Theroux has the right to have the case heard by a jury and that there are outstanding issues for the panel to decide, Monday’s ruling said.

Specifically, the jury will be tasked with determining the damages awarded to the “Mulholland Drive” cast member – who the judge says could also seek punitive damages in court.

Theroux – who split from the Friends actress in 2018 – is seeking at least $4.58 million in damages in court.

Norman Resnikov
Theroux and his neighbor Norman Resnicow are locked in a bitter dispute that has lasted for years, in which Theroux claims that Resnicow was trespassing and molesting him.
Steven Hirsch

The next court date and a trial date have not yet been set.

“The judge left many issues of fact for a jury to determine, and as such we will need a jury trial to resolve them,” Resnicow’s attorney, Peter Levine, told The Post Thursday.

Levine said he didn’t know if the case would be resolved before trial, but noted that previous negotiations had failed.

Nevertheless, the lawyer said he would not turn down the opportunity for further talks.

Washington Place Building.
The Washington Place Cooperative Executive – of which Theroux is a member – tried to eject Resnicow and his wife from the building.

“But before we come [to trial]there will be a conference to discuss procedural issues and probably the issue of settlement will come up and my door is always open,” he said.

Among the claims Lebovitz left to a jury are claims that Theroux allowed his parasol to “intrude” two feet on Resnicow’s side of the patio and that water draining from the actor’s area spilled onto his neighbor’s side raft.

The jury will also hear allegations that Theroux’s bright floodlights disturbed the Resnicows in their apartment, that the star intentionally wrapped the deck’s railings in black garbage bags just to obstruct their view, and that he maliciously violated the city’s public works department called Resnikov.

Norman Resnicow is standing on the roof terrace
A judge earlier in the case found Resnicow liable for trespassing on Theroux’s part of their rooftop terrace.

However, the judge dismissed Resnicow’s counterclaims on the grounds that he should be awarded damages for the alleged water runoff and the deck screen penetrating his side.

The cooperative board of the Washington Place building where the rivals reside issued an eviction notice against Resnicow in 2022 and asked a judge enforce the eviction in a pending lawsuit.

Resnicow sued separately and called on the board tried to make his life “as miserable as possible”.”to push him out.

He tried to dissolve the board that Theroux – star of HBO series The Leftovers – serves on, but a judge dismissed the lawsuit, which is currently being appealed.

Theroux’s lawyer declined to comment on Thursday.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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