Candy Spelling: I'm Not Selling the Manor
The widow of TV titan Aaron Spelling is not selling their 56,000-sq-foot home, the Manor, despite reports that emerged Wednesday that the estate was on the market for $150 million.
“I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the rumors and stories that have emerged claiming that I have my home up for sale,” Candy Spelling said in a statement Thursday night.
“I am forced to respond during this sensitive time that these stories are not true, nor do I have any current plans to sell the house that my husband Aaron and I built,” the statement continued. “I find it disheartening to wake up and find camera crews on the street filming my front gate for the morning news, particularly since the story is not true.”
Family spokesperson Kevin Sasaki tells PEOPLE that, since the erroneous reports surfaced, Spelling has been forced to listen to reporters attack her for selling the house so soon after her husband’s death. Aaron Spelling, who built the six-acre Holmby Hills, Calif., estate in 1983 at a cost of $45 million, died on June 23 at age 83 from complications from a stroke.
“(Candy) has been placed in an awful position,” Sasaki said. “People’s perception is that she is selling off his entire property just after he dies.” He said she issued the statement because she felt, “I really need to say something because of all this nonsense.”
The Manor houses four bars, three kitchens, a theater, a gym, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a doll museum, a separate servants’ wing, a 6,000-sq.-ft. guest house, eight double-car garages, tennis courts, a gazebo, a greenhouse, 12 fountains, six formal gardens and a room just for gift wrapping.
Stephen Shapiro, chairman of the Beverly Hills firm Westside Estate Agency, which was reportedly handling the listing, tells PEOPLE, “I wish I had it, but I don’t. It’s not for sale.”