LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Catherine Zeta-Jones must have her attorneys on a retainer. If not, she should because she keeps them pretty busy. The Welsh beauty lost a bid Thursday (March 18) to stop a businessman from running his high tech business out of a barn near her new extravagant home in her hometown.
Swansea councilors voted to let information technology pioneer Steve Gwynn continue using the outbuilding on a distinguished estate in the seaside village of Mumbles, where Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas have built a $2 million home, according to the AP.
Lawyers for the actress' parents and her firm, CZ Investments, wrote the council expressing "concern and alarm" about Gywnn's business.
The letter stated that the family was anxious that the IT firm would jeopardize their privacy, contending that they bought the acreage "on the clear understanding that it would be private, prestigious and exclusive and extremely safe and secure as it was a 'gated' development."
Gwynn countered that his property produces much less attention than the Zeta-Jones mansion, which attracts hordes of stargazers.
The fact that the compound is close to a cricket club and other public facilities was pointed out by Swansea Councilor Des Thomas. Thomas said the family should have established their residency in the more obscured town of Llandeilo if they wanted more privacy.