Richard Gere may be facing $50,000 US in fines for cutting down a clutch of trees on his Pound Ridge, N.Y., property without obtaining a permit first, according to the local Bedford Record-Review.

“He rehabilitated an old, decaying piece of property and people were very happy about that,” editor R.J. Marx says. “The feeling is that he acted a bit precipitously in clearing the trees... He’s generally a good neighbor. It was out of character.”