Real Estate CEO’s Bonus Cut 25% After Anti-Gay Tirade Against Kathy Griffin

KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger called Griffin, his neighbor, "a bald d*ke."

Real estate mogul Jeffrey Mezger will lose a chunk of his annual bonus after he was caught in a homophobic, sexist rant against comedian Kathy Griffin.

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Griffin and Mezger, CEO of homebuilding company KB Home, are neighbors in a gated community in L.A. Some time before 9pm on Saturday, she and boyfriend Randy Bick called authorities to report a noise disturbance coming from Mezger’s home.

At some point after the call was made, Metzger approached the couple and began spewing insults, calling Griffin a “fucking bald dyke” and a “cunt.”

“Let’s declare war, asshole,” he bellowed. “’cause we got a lot to go for. Let’s bring it on, you bitch.” Metzer also boasted that Donald Trump “kind of put the heat on” Griffin after she posed for a photo with a mockup of the president’s decapitated head.

According to Huffington Post, Griffin has filed several noise complaints against Mezger since she moved into the neighborhood a year ago. He reportedly told the homeowners association his family didn’t host parties often and that Griffin and Bick “need to adapt.”

A rep for KB Home told HuffPo Mezger “regrets losing his temper” during the encounter, which stemmed from a pool party for his three young grandchildren. “He apologizes for the language he used, as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes.”

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The company, which reported revenue of more than $1 billion, is also cutting Mezger’s 2017 bonus by 25%, and has warned him that another incident will result in his being fired. In a filing, the company’s board of directors wrote, “Mr. Mezger’s recent behavior in his personal dealings with a neighbor is unacceptable and a negative reflection on KB Home.”

Mezger became CEO in 2006, replacing former head Bruce Karatz, who resigned after an internal investigation alleged he backdated stock options. KB Home’s head of human resources and chief legal officer also resigned as a result.

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