A Hollywood power couple is suing a home security company for allegedly mishandling a burglary at their Bel-Air home last year.

Sherry Lansing, former chief of Paramount Pictures, and husband William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The couple claim Boca Raton, Florida-based ADT Security Services Inc. was slow to respond to an alarm signalling a break-in at their home Dec. 29.


Robbers stole “unique and irreplaceable” jewelry that had “significant amounts of value,” the lawsuit said. Over the last several years, burglars have targeted homes in the city’s wealthiest neighborhood’s and have gotten away with millions of dollars worth of jewelry, cash and artwork.

Friedkin, 68, and Lansing, 63, paid about $25,000 US?to have ADT install security equipment after a company salesman assured them that ADT had employees constantly patrolling the neighborhood and would immediately respond to alarms, the lawsuit said.

When the couple went on vacation overseas, their alarm was triggered but it took nearly two hours before a patrolman arrived at their home, the lawsuit said.