De Niro to Gardiner: Apology, Full Taxes And More…
After a bitter battle with the Town of Gardiner, Robert De Niro has announced through his lawyers that he will pay the full property taxes on his land and end his legal action.
Not only will De Niro pay the assessed taxes, totaling almost $170,000, but he will also pay back the town for all legal fees they endured while battling the Academy Award winning actor.
De Niro earned lots of ill will and bad press over the past month after drowning Gardiner in legal fees while his lawyers fought to lower his property taxes.
The following statement by Mark Bosswick of Berdon LLP accountants and advisors was published by The Times Herald Record:
As accountants for both Robert De Niro and the trust that owns the Gardiner property, we fulfilled our fiduciary responsibility by challenging the new tax assessment. Regrettably, we were not kept informed by local counsel and therefore Mr. De Niro's requirements that we give priority to good relations with the community suffered... I take full responsibility for the actions of my firm, and I deeply regret any trouble caused to the town of Gardiner and Mr. De Niro. In restitution, we are, on our own account, reimbursing Gardiner for their expenses in this dispute and apologizing to both Gardiner and Mr. De Niro.
So what do you think? Will this now restore good relations between the Town of Gardiner and Robert De Niro? Do you believe the actor did the right thing?