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Fixing a frustrating lien snafu

 
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Alan Dershowitz, the celebrity Harvard University civil rights law professor and writer, spent the holiday fixing an administrative snafu that caused a lien to be placed on his Miami Beach condo without his knowledge.

In court documents, Dershowitz was accused by an emergency cleanup contractor of not paying for water damage work done at his luxury beachfront digs.

And while it was not up to Dershowitz to pay $6,454.01 to Sunrise's 911 Restoration for the work, it slapped a lien his $1.2 million-condo in April.

“It's the first I hear of a lien,” Dershowitz said when Gossip Extra called him for comment. “The insurance company was supposed to take care of everything.”

Dershowitz's eighth floor apartment at 1500 Ocean Drive sustained more than $100,000 in damages in April because water leaked from upstairs.

“The pictures on the walls started falling off for no good reason,” Dershowitz explained. “But then, I was in my bathtub when the ceiling collapsed on me.”

Dershowitz’s insurance company paid for the mess, but something went awry with the check to 911 Restoration.

Said Dershowitz: “We didn't receive a letter or phone call, nothing to tell us they didn’t get paid. We pay our bills. We have excellent credit rating.”

After a few calls from Dershowitz Thursday, 911 Restoration finally got paid, and the lien was removed.

But a ticked-off Dershowitz promised to do something about the filing of liens without a homeowner’s knowledge, something that could lead to a foreclosure.

“I’m going to change that system,” he said.

Dershowitz first became a household name in the 1980s when he defended Brit socialite Claus Von Bulow from charges that he attempted to kill his wife Sunny Von Bulow.

911 Restoration’s manager didn’t return a call for comment.

Family time

Dan Spitz, the lead guitarist of heavy metal band Anthrax in its heyday, was spotted at Zoo Miami with his wife and their 7-year-old twins yesterday.

Why is that news?

Because Spitz was arrested on Christmas morning at home near Palm Beach and charged with domestic violence battery.

The axman spent most of the holiday in the slammer after sheriff’s deputies dispatched to his crib noticed minor injuries on his wife that could indicate he tried to choke her.

Wife Candi Spitz, 38, admitted to police they had a fight after a boozy Christmas Eve, and it was over her dating another guy.

In time, Spitz was released on no bond and has a Jan. 21 court hearing — and they made up enough to go to the zoo like one happy family!

Candi says it was all a misunderstanding.

“He never meant to harm me,” she said by phone from the zoo. “I’m not pressing charges.”

Good day for Chad

Good news for ex-Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson, whose ex-wife Evelyn Lozada is knocked up and sporting a giant sparkler on her ring finger.

An attempt by a Midtown condo association to foreclose on an investment apartment co-owned by Johnson just ended with Johnson getting to keep the crib.

According to court papers, Johnson and another investor failed to pay the monthly $863-maintenance fees on the 16th floor crib at Two Midtown Miami since June 2009.

It’s all better now: According to court papers, Two Midtown’s condo commandos backed off after the bills, more than $30,000, were finally paid last month.

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