A woman who sued Madonna for causing a commotion in her former home on Central Park West can thank her lucky star – a Manhattan judge has green-lighted her case against the Material Girl.
Karen George sued Madonna in 2009, charging that her then-upstairs neighbor was creating a hideous soundtrack of “pounding noise and vibration” whenever she and her pals got into the groove during dance-training sessions.
“It was pounding, constant noise and the walls were shaking,” Steven Cohen, a lawyer for George, said Thursday. “It became intolerable.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Louis York expressed himself in an 11-page decision that rejected Madonna’s attempt to have the suit dismissed, noting that George had a right to peace and quiet in her own home.
“One of the most basic functions of a residence is to provide shelter from the outside world for its occupants to think, interact and relax in peace,” York wrote. “If the noise caused by Madonna’s activities prevented from being able to use her apartment for these purposes, then the warrant of habitability has been breached.”
George’s suit said the “Like A Virgin” legend and multiple guests created a nuisance by dancing 90 minutes to three hours a day to “high-decibel amplified music” in her sprawling triplex.
But Liz Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for Madonna, who no longer lives in the building, defended her as a model resident.
“She has always been a wonderful neighbor and has lived there for over two decades in complete compliance to all rules of the building,” she said.
The suit also accused the co-op’s board of directors of not taking the steps to remedy a ruckus that “forced to leave her apartment on numerous occasions and greatly interfered with the entertainment of guests.”
Madonna and the the building’s management had countered that the noise level registered below noise code levels – while George’s own sound engineer fired back that the noise in George’s apartment was too high.
George’s suit followed a failed 2007 attempt by the board to stop Madonna’s purchase of a third unit in the building, which she moved to after being famously rejected by the board of the San Remo in 1985.
George, who has lived in the building since 1995, is seeking damages for the maintenance she’s paid on her place since June 2009.
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By Debbie Sans for NYDaily News.