Jeffrey Mezger, the chief executive of KB Home, one of the country's largest homebuilders, was captured on audio Saturday night yelling at his neighbor, the comedian Kathy Griffin, using a series of sexist and homophobic slurs.
The string of crude comments prompted an immediate backlash against Mr. Mezger, whose company is the sixth-largest publicly traded homebuilder in the country, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
Criticism quickly followed the publication of Mr. Mezger's recorded rant on Tuesday. Suze Orman, the former CNBC host, expressed disgust at the idea of buying a property from KB Home. "You really want to buy a home from this man?" she wrote on Twitter. "Beyond Disgusting!"
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@SuzeOrman: I can't believe this! Disgraceful talk from the CEO of KB HOMES. You really want to buy a home from this man? Beyond Disgusting !
The episode was apparently the culmination of a series of disputes involving Mr. Mezger, Ms. Griffin and Ms. Griffin's boyfriend, Randy Bick, who are neighbors in an exclusive gated community in the upscale Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The couple called the police on Saturday night to complain of noise coming from Mr. Mezger's backyard, according to HuffPost, which published the recording. Mr. Mezger's tirade, which was recorded by security cameras at Ms. Griffin's home, began once officers arrived.
Evidently angry that law enforcement was summoned at 9 p.m. to a gathering that included his three young grandchildren, their mother and his wife, Mr. Mezger can be heard referring to Ms. Griffin in derogatory terms, including a crude reference to the female anatomy and a disparaging term for lesbians.
Mr. Mezger also referred to Ms. Griffin's shaved head, meant to show support for her sister, Joyce, a cancer patient who died on Thursday, according to