DENVER (May 15, 2014) Retired physicist Charles D. Goodman, who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride, Colo., is suing her, alleging that she’s blocking access to hiking trails that have been open to neighbors for decades.
Goodman claims Winfrey's Yellow Brick Road company, the property's former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the property purchased for $10.9 million in March.
The former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land, the Denver Post reported Thursday.
Goodman said that correction eliminated easements allowing the public to use the trails.
Mountain Village denies the accusation.
A Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman says it will work to ensure "reasonable" access for neighbors over portions of the land.
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