YouTube videos of internet celeb Jake Paul at Starwood home spark lawsuit in Aspen
A Starwood homeowner is suing the talent manager for a Los Angeles agency on allegations that she and others used the residence for video production while trashing the home and driving vehicles through the property’s tennis court and neighbors’ lawns, among other accusations.
Isabelle Friedheim sued Krista Burditt, an employee of internet prankster Jake Paul’s social-media production company Team 10, Thursday in Pitkin County District Court, claiming she breached a contract that precludes corporate events and large gatherings at the home while being unjustly enriched by videos that went viral on YouTube and other sites.
The videos, shot during January — Burditt leased the home for $61,148 and allegedly said it was for personal use — documented the 21st birthday of Paul.
A YouTube star, Paul is not a defendant in the suit. His brother, Logan, sparked outrage in December when he posted a vlog on his YouTube channel showing the corpse of a man who hanged himself in what’s known as the Aokigahara “suicide woods” in Japan.
The brothers have a combined 28 million subscribers on YouTube, Rolling Stone reported in January.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit claims Burditt directed “Team 10 and its individual members to pursue disorderly conduct and excessive and unreasonable noise or nuisance on the property and throughout the residential neighborhood.”
Neighbors in Starwood, a gated neighborhood west of Aspen where home prices eclipse eight figures, also were subjected to Team 10’s antics, the suit continues.
“The disorderly conduct allowed and encouraged by (Burditt) included … driving vehicles at excessive speeds and in an irresponsible fashion on the property and throughout the neighborhood; driving vehicles on the property’s lawn, neighbors’ lawns, and on protected open fields throughout the neighborhood; driving off-road vehicles on the property’s tennis court; pulling individuals on sleds throughout the neighborhood; driving off-road vehicles on the property and throughout the residential neighborhood at night; and using microphones and sound systems in the property at excessive noise levels.”
Other tomfoolery allegedly committed by Team 10 members included throwing dishes against windows and walls.
The backlash of their alleged antics resulted in the Starwood Homeowners Association demanding in February and March that Freidheim forfeit the rent she received from Burditt because of violations of the association’s protective covenants.
Freidheim’s home covers 13,549 square feet, has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and is valued at $10.6 million, according to Pitkin County property records.
Team 10 also has stirred up unrest in other neighborhoods such as West Hollywood, where Jake Paul rented a large house and chaos ensued.
“We used to be a really nice, quiet street and now we’re just this, like, war zone,” neighbor Maytal Dahan told KTLA in July 2017, according to a report on National Public Radio. “We’re families here, and we’re more than happy to have them live here if they’re respectful of their neighbors — but they’re not.”
A message left with Team 10 on Friday was not returned.
Tenants at the city’s oldest deed-restricted housing complex, Centennial Apartments, faced rent hikes as high as 30% in January that sent city, county, and APCHA officials into closed-door meetings with the relatively new landlord, Birge & Held.