Insurer Sues Lenny Kravtiz in N.Y. Over Water Damage

October 24, 2004

An insurance company has sued rocker Lenny Kravitz, saying it had to pay for more than $300,000 worth of water damage in a neighbor’s apartment after one of Kravitz’s toilets overflowed two months ago.

Amica Mutual Insurance Co. says in court papers that the apartment of retired executive Joel M. Disend “sustained catastrophic water damage” on Aug. 1 due to Kravitz’s “allowing a commode to become blocked, clogged and congested with various materials.”

Because of the damage, according to papers filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, Amica had to pay $333,849.77 to fix Disend’s condominium apartment on the floor below Kravitz’s flat in their SoHo area building.

Kravitz’s 6,000-square-foot duplex, which he bought in October 2000 for $8 million, reportedly has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a billiards room.

The Grammy-winning musician’s building also has rocker Courtney Love as a tenant.

Disend, 62, retired in 2000 as chairman and chief executive of New York Life Benefit Services, a leading financial consulting company and retirement plan provider.

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