Asked by a fan how a recent party went at his home in tony East Hampton,
N.Y., superstar producer/rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs lit up.
"Incredible," Combs replied. "You should have been there."
Neighbors of Combs', however, are probably thankful that the fan wasn't
there to add to the noise.
Chief Thomas Scott of the East Hampton Police Department confirmed
Wednesday that officers have responded to numerous complaints about noise
coming from Combs' home. "If my memory serves correct, we've had officers
out there two or three times with noise meters," Scott said.
One neighbor, after complaining to police about loud, late-night parties at
Combs' home and meeting with the rapper/producer about the issue, is
speaking out about what she calls "excessive noise" coming from Combs'
Debra Lobel, a 21-year resident of a home located next to Combs' house in
East Hampton, wrote a letter to the East Hampton Star on Aug. 31 to
urge the town to toughen its noise ordinances.
As noisy as Lobel claims that the parties are, "the noise has never been
above the town's ordinance, which I believe is 60 decibels," Scott said.
Speculating that Combs and his party guests are "hard of hearing or just
plain inconsiderate," Lobel's letter paints a portrait of parties that
begin "in the wee hours before dawn on a Saturday" and end with "limos
spin[ning] rubber on the gravel driveway [at] about 1:15 Monday morning."
"No one should have to suffer because of a noisy, inconsiderate neighbor,"
the letter concludes, "no matter how big a celebrity."
Reached Wednesday afternoon, Lobel said she has received a lot of support
from her neighbors regarding the letter, which she wrote as a last resort
after testifying before a committee working on a new noise ordinance,
meeting with another neighbor and the producer/rapper and calling police on
"I also got a message on my machine from a woman who suggested that maybe I
should be the one who moves," Lobel said, "but otherwise, I've heard
nothing but a positive response to my letter."
"We called [Combs] almost every weekend about this," Lobel continued. "He
gave us his number so we could call when it got too noisy, but he's
otherwise been very inconsiderate."
Representatives for Combs did not return calls seeking comment.
Lobel said she understands that the hands of the police are tied due to the
current ordinance, but she still is upset that Combs has apparently ignored
all requests to keep things down.
Both Scott and Lobel say a town committee has been meeting for a year,
charged with looking into options regarding changing East Hampton's noise
ordinance. Repeated calls to members of the committee, however, were not
The committee members, Lobel charges, have been dragging their feet on the
issue and are well aware of her opinions on the matter. "I spoke at a
public hearing last summer and described what occurred the night of the
[Mike] Tyson [vs. Evander Holyfield] fight [on June 28, 1997]," Lobel said.
"At least 300 people were there -- this was all without a party permit. He
had huge televisions set up out on the lawn and the noise continued until 4
in the morning."
Unless the town committee votes to change the current ordinance, Lobel says
she will be forced to be a vocal thorn in Combs' side.
"I have lived here for 21 years with no problems, and now I just have a
problem with this one neighbor," Lobel said. "It's very distressing."