Act one: A case of we said, they said, and the bedbugs at the center of it all.
According to The Post, “This American Life” host Ira Glass and his wife Anaheed Alani are being sued by their 159 West 24th Street condo board for allowing bedbugs and rats to take hold of their home. The complaint was filed Thursday in the Manhattan Supreme Court and alleges that couple’s neglect has created “unsanitary conditions” that have affected the entire building.
According to court documents, the problem started in June, and Glass and Alani have refused to let the building’s management into their one-bedroom to handle the pests. As a result, the issue has grown so dire that other tenants have had to vacate the building. Moreover, the complaint adds that Glass and wife have also failed to fix a number of broken appliances, including a faulty air conditioning unit, kitchen sink, dishwasher and washing machine—all of which have resulted in leaks that have damaged adjacent units.
The building’s board of managers are suing for both access to the apartment to deal with the infestation, and money to pay for repairs. Glass, however, says that he and Alani have already dealt with the issue and that there is no fault on their end.
“My understanding is another apartment in the building has bedbugs,” he told The Post. “We paid a bunch of money for exterminators. As far as I know, it’s been resolved. We’re done.”
Alani adds that the accusations are simply “not true.”
The radio star and his wife bought the unit back in 2012 for $1.27 million.
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