Berkeley Physicist Spars With Oprah Winfrey Over Hiking Trail

86-year old scientist squares off with media mogul over Colorado trail.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, May 15, 2014  |  Updated 6:55 PM PDT
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Media mogul is running afoul of her future neighbor in Colorado, where she's building a large house.

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Oprah Winfrey is not being neighborly.

The media mogul and billionaire is being sued by Charles D. Goodman, a retired physicist from Berkeley, over her plans to close off housing trails near a "megamansion" she's building in the Colorado Rockies, according to the Denver Post.

Goodman's lawsuit says that Winfrey is part of a "below-the-radar deal" that will see hiking trails near Telluride, which Goodman and his family have hiked "for nearly tree decades" shut down, the newspaper reported.

His attorney says that easements to access the trails were "erased" shortly before Winfrey closed on the $10.85 million property -- under pressure from her company, the newspaper reported.

Goodman spends his winters in Berkeley but lives in Mountain Village, near the Telluride ski resort, in warm weather.

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