Watch the ‘appalling’ video that helped get Bill Gross sentenced to jail

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A weird, 11-second video clip reveals “Bond King” Bill Gross and his spouse apparently taunting their oceanfront neighbors whereas frolicking of their non-public pool — and a California choose was not amused.

In the footage obtained by The Post, Amy Gross records herself splashing within the water whereas music is blasting within the background, singing on the prime of her lungs: “We’re outside. Yes, we are. Yes, we are. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re outside. Yes, we are.”

An amused Bill Gross, floating on what seems to be a foam water noodle, appears on, shifting his fingers to the beat.

Amy Gross shot the selfie video on the night of July 7, in accordance with court docket data, when their neighbor, tech entrepreneur Mark Towfiq, known as Laguna Beach, Calif., police on the Grosses for allegedly violating a restraining order that barred them from enjoying loud music outdoors their house when nobody is within the yard pool space.

Amy Gross takes a video selfie in her oceanside pool with her husband, "Bond King" Bill Gross. In the video, Amy Gross is singing loudly and Bill Gross is wagging his fingers to the beat -- behavior that a judge said was "appalling" and violated a restraining order.
In the video, Amy Gross is singing loudly and Bill Gross is wagging his fingers to the beat.
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Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill on Friday known as the 11-second video “appalling.”

“Mrs. Gross testified she took the video as a way of somehow protecting herself. The Court finds the explanation preposterous,” Knill mentioned Friday.

“While Amy Gross’s behavior was blatant, William Gross’s behavior was more subtle, but it was defiant and contemptuous all the same,” she mentioned, including that he “can be seen in the background with fingers wagging in the air as he dances.”

Last week, Judge Knill sentenced the Grosses to 5 days in jail for violating the court docket order in opposition to blasting loud music.

The choose suspended the sentence for as much as a 12 months due to the pandemic.

The Towfiqs’ attorneys obtained the video footage via a subpoena and launched it after the choose’s ruling.

Patricia Glaser, the Gross legal professional, claimed the Twofiqs have been “weaponizing” the restraining order to “embarrass and humiliate the Grosses at every opportunity.”

Bill and Amy Gross
Bill and Amy Gross in court docket. A choose sentenced them to 5 days in jail for violating a restraining order.
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“This video, which the Towfiqs’ attorneys gratuitously played multiple times during court hearings, consisted of all of 11 seconds of barely an hour during which the Grosses were enjoying an evening in their backyard,” she informed The Post.

Sculpture on Bill Gross's property
The preliminary feud between neighbors began with a glass sculpture on Gross’ property. The dispute has since escalated to one of many {couples} getting a restraining order.
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“But the Towfiqs called the police on the Grosses, then hauled them into court for six days of hearings over a single hour’s worth of backyard entertaining,” Glaser mentioned.

In addition to the self-taped video, Towfiq additionally submitted his personal video from his iPhone, safety digital camera and physique digital camera footage from cops who have been known as in response to his noise criticism.

Gross — value an estimated $1.5 billion, in accordance with Forbes — is known for his colourful clashes.

He sued Pimco, the funding behemoth he based in 1971, for his 2014 ouster, claiming a “cabal” of junior managers plotted in opposition to him to extend their share of the bonus pool.

And final 12 months, as The Post solely reported on the time, Gross tried to thwart his estranged son’s efforts to promote uncommon “Inverted Jenny’’ postage stamps he had inherited. The stamps ended up going to public sale after the story ran and promoting for $1.9 million.

Mark Twofiq and wife Carol Nakahara
Mark Towfiq and his spouse, Carol Nakahara, maintain palms in court docket; Bill and Amy Gross could be seen within the background
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