Durst admits to backing Pier 55 lawsuit
Says he wished to avoid personal battle with Barry Diller
Douglas Durst admitted to secretly funding a lawsuit to derail Barry Diller’s planned $200 million park on the Hudson River, a battle that erupted in a nasty war of words last year after the media mogul accused Durst of seeking revenge.
Durst [TRDataCustom] told the Villager newspaper that he funded the City Club’s legal challenge to Pier 55 as a stopgap measure to help the group.
“I haven’t been involved in the [Pier55] lawsuits in over six months — maybe even longer,” he said. “And my role was very limited in it,” he said.
“The reason I did not want my name involved is I did not want this to be a personal battle between me and Barry Diller,” Durst added. “I have nothing against Diller — except he said he wishes I had been killed by my brother.”
Diller first accused Durst in September of opposing his pier park out of vengeance over being ousted from a leadership position at the Friends of the Hudson River Park in 2011.
When the topic came up at a panel discussion the following month, Diller took a pot shot at Durst. In a nod to accused killer Robert Durst, Diller referred to the family as the “very honorable Durst family killing machine.”
The City Club won a major victory in March When A United States District Court judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers had not properly considered the impact the proposed pier would have on a protected fish and wildlife sanctuary when it issued a permit. [Villager] – Rich Bockmann