Model Claudia Schiffer has reached an out-of-court settlement with her multi-millionaire neighbour in Majorca over a tree row and avoided an embarrassing quiz by a judge.
Willi Weber, former manager of legendary Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher, has informed a Spanish court about the deal and said he is discontinuing his legal action.
A judge who had planned to question the German beauty has now shelved the criminal probe.
Model Claudia Schiffer (pictured, right) has reached an out-of-court agreement with her multi-millionaire neighbour Willi Weber (left) over a tree row
Claudia Schiffer’s mansion (pictured) is in the resort of Camp de Mar, Majorca
Ms Schiffer is thought to have paid her neighbour around £30,000 to cover his costs and the value he put on the two 30ft pines he says were cut off near the bedroom of his home on the Spanish holiday island.
Details of the extraordinary court probe emerged in July after Mr Weber lodged a lawsuit against Ms Schiffer alleging she and her British film producer husband Matthew Vaughn were responsible for the disappearance of the two trees at his property in Camp de Mar, Andratx.
He claimed a specialist hired by the couple trespassed on his land after ignoring a warning to leave the trees alone and took them away with him after using a chainsaw to chop them down.
Ms Schiffer (whose home is pictured, top) and Mr Weber had asked a court in Majorca to suspend a criminal investigation for a month so they can try to make peace.
Respected island daily Diario de Mallorca reported at the time the couple’s staff gardener had already been quizzed by a judge heading an ongoing investigation and Claudia and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer Vaughn could have ended up in front of a judge.
Court officials in Majorca subsequently confirmed Ms Schiffer was facing a court summons as an ‘investigada’ – a new legal term now used in Spain to define those who are being formally investigated but have not been charged with any crime.
In October it emerged the warring neighbours had filed a joint request through their respective lawyers to Palma’s Court of Investigation Number Eight, the court leading the probe, requesting a month’s grace to reach an out-of-court settlement.
Details of the extraordinary court probe emerged in July after Weber lodged a lawsuit against the German beauty (pictured) alleging she and her British film producer husband Matthew Vaughn were responsible for the disappearance of two pine trees
A judge at the court put the investigation into allegations of trespass, misappropriation and a crime against the environment on hold as a result.
Mr Weber, 74, made headlines last December by claiming he had been banned from seeing Michael Schumacher, who was left in a coma after a skiing accident in 2013.
He told German media: ‘Michael’s wife Corinna prevents me from having any contact with him.
‘I’ve tried dozens of times to get permission to visit, each time without success.’
Weber is the manager of German racing drivers and famously worked with Michael Schumacher (pictured, centre) and his brother Ralf Schumacher
Speaking of his lawsuit against Ms Schiffer, he told a German newspaper earlier this year he had received an apology from her husband.
Insisting the 30ft pines were ‘cut off behind his bedroom’, he claimed: ‘Matthew Vaughn apologised to me and said what had happened was an accident and they thought the trees were on their plot.’
Mr Weber also told Bild am Sonntag he planned to build a high wall between his home and his neighbour’s and bill them for the cost after what happened, warning: ‘Otherwise I will plant so many trees that they can only smell the sea.’
A court official confirmed today the probe had been shelved after the investigating judge was informed about the out-of-court settlement.