Vin Diesel’s neighbors in an exclusive residence in the Dominican Republic complained about the way they are treated by the members that make up the actor’s security force, according to TMZ.
The showbiz news site says that Diesel’s security is made up of about 12 guards who protect him and his family. Last Easter, according to the source, the guards prevented traffic and pedestrians from walking by so that Vin Diesel and his children could ride bikes.
One of the neighbors, identified as Diego Arria, complained in a letter to Diesel that “for several weeks I have personally witnessed and heard from other residence owners the unprecedented and abusive display of the security people around our homes and beach. They interrogate us, they block our streets with five or six SUVs. They stop residents from being able to walk while you ride your bicycle”.
Arria says “in more than ten years the owners have never endured and suffered such absurd behavior from those who rent a house in our very small, private, and very safe community.”
The neighbor also wrote: “You should know that you are visiting a community where no one is a threat to you or anyone who visits us”.
TMZ cited an unknown source close to Vin Diesel, who stated the actor has visited the Dominican Republic for 20 years and “has gotten along great with everyone. As for the Easter incident, the source cited by TMZ said that “Vin was riding his bike with his kids and handing out Easter baskets to workers in the community. The source adds there was extra security because Vin’s entire family was there”.
The source said that “it was never Vin’s intent to inconvenience his neighbors. He loves the community and has brought production to the area. The source added that “the security team is all Dominicans because Vin wanted he help employ people in the area”.
Vin Diesel, who has been close to the Dominican Republic, announced on March 28th with Dominican President Luis Abinader the signing of an agreement to build a film studio in Puerto Plata, in the north of the Dominican Republic.
The studios will be built by the production company One Race Films, founded by Vin Diesel, and responsible for the ‘Fast and Furious’ film series.