Candyman’s fight for the right to party
Gold Coast tobacco tycoon Travers "The Candyman" Beynon seems to have called a truce with at least some of his neighbours.
The playboy businessman last year sued four members of the body corporate committee at the exclusive riverfront estate where he shares his "Candy Shop Mansion" with his wife and live-in girlfriends.
Mr Beynon accused the body corporate of enacting "discriminatory" by-laws to restrict events and noise at Helensvale's River Cove estate.
The District Court claim, filed by his company Travers Developments, alleged the body corporate members "deliberately targeted" Mr Beynon "so as to impact his use and enjoyment of its property, including the holding of its annual pre-Christmas party".
The Candyman is renowned for his decadent parties, where hundreds of scantily clad guests cavort throughout the lavish seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, 21-car garage Candy Shop Mansion and its grounds.
An attempted mediation of the dispute earlier this year failed and lawyers for Mr Beynon and his neighbours continued to battle it out in court. One of the neighbours has since died.
Mr Beynon was seeking almost $50,000 in compensation from each defendant, restraining orders and a declaration that they breached their duties.
Documents filed as part of the action include allegations that one of the neighbours, Jim Blackledge - whom Mr Beynon is suing in a separate defamation action - had a "particular dislike" for the Free Choice Tobacco empire boss.
Emails on the court file show complaints about The Candyman's Christmas parties dating back to 2016.
"Why should we have to put up with this, this is getting out of control," Mr Blackledge wrote in an email to a body corporate manager.
Lawyers for the defendants have rejected the allegations and say they are no longer on the body corporate.
A court hearing set down for this month to try to progress the case to trial was vacated, with a settlement believed to have been reached which will see the warring parties walk away and pay their own legal costs.
Originally published as Candyman's fight for the right to party