NBA All-Star says Prince rented his home, changed everything without permission

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This has got to be one of the best stories about Prince ever told. 

Carlos Boozer, a former NBA All-Star who played for the Cavaliers, Jazz, Bulls and Lakers, said Prince rented his home around 2005 and used it like he owned it, transforming the entire mansion without ever telling Boozer. 

Boozer told the story on E:60, saying he never wanted to rent the home he had just purchased in Los Angeles until he found out a renter was willing to pay him $95,000 a month. 

"You won't believe who it was," says Boozer. "Prince. You know, 'When Doves Cry,' 'Purple Rain.' You know, he's one of the godfathers of music and I can't believe it's Prince because I'm obviously a huge fan."

A few months after Prince began leasing the property Boozer stopped by to see how things were going. 

"As I'm driving up the long driveway to my house, there was this big purple rug that was going from the motor court area all the way up to the front door," Boozer explains. "I'm like, 'what the f--- is going on?'"

Prince transformed the entire house. 

  • Took all of Boozer's furniture out of the house. 
  • Replaced Boozer's carpeting with black and purple carpet. 
  • There was a picture of Prince in every room.
  • He turned the weight room into a night club. 
  • Made a guest room into a hair salon. 
  • Another room was transformed into a massage parlor. 
  • He had a purple, heart-shaped mirror in the bathroom. 

Boozer said he was really upset, but "nobody really wants to sue Prince." 

"Out of nowhere I get a phone call at like 3 in the morning and it's P and he goes: 'Hey Booz I'm so sorry. I'm on tour and I'm in Asia. Don't worry about anything. When I move out, when the lease is over and I move out the house will look like I was never there.'"

And like magic, when Boozer arrived after Prince's lease was up: "It was like he was never there. I think he wanted the house to feel like his every time he stepped in it," Boozer said. 

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Boozer bought the house for $8.6 million and because Prince spent a year in it he was able to sell it for $12.5 million. 

"Out of nowhere I get a phone call at like 3 in the morning and it's P and he goes, 'hey Booz I'm so sorry, I'm on tour and I'm in Asia. Don't worry about anything. When I move out, when the lease is over, and I move out the house will look like I was never there. 

"It was like he was never there. I think he wanted the house to feel like his every time he stepped in it." 

Boozer says he bought the house for $8.6 million and because Prince spent a year in it he was able to sell it for $12.5 million. 

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