Michael Rotondo, the 30-year-old man who grabbed national headlines when his parents had to go to the New York State Supreme Court to get him out of their house, is finally, really, and truly leaving home, reports USA Today. Michael Rotondo expressed relief Friday morning as he left his parents' home in Camillus. The judge sided with his parents and said he could do that somewhere else.
Rotondo had avoided TV crews staked out on the upstate NY road earlier Friday morning by leaving from the back, but returned around 9:30 a.m.in the passenger seat of a pickup truck.
Michael Rotondo waved to journalists as he loaded his creaky station wagon with his belongings. "I can't have my phone getting jammed up with nonsense like that", Rotondo said as police responded to his complaint.
Rotondo also argued in a court filing that as part of his living agreement he had "never been expected to contribute to household expenses or assist with chores and the maintenance of the premises", CNYCentral reported. They offered him $1,100 "so you can find a place to stay" and nudged him to get a job.
"There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you", they wrote in one note, dated 18 February. And sadly, other Michael Rotondos got caught in the crossfire - including one who also happens to hail from central NY, in Albany.
In the court case that made global headlines, Michael Rotondo had argued he wasn't a burden to his parents, saying they "don't provide laundry or food". The judge called this request "outrageous", at which point Rotondo called the judge "outrageous" right back. He failed to persuade the judge to grant him another six months with his parents.
As for his destination, Rotondo said he planned to spend the next week at an Airbnb in Syracuse. He credited Jones, who has asserted that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax, with providing a $3,000 cheque to cover rental and other costs. After that, he planned on moving in with a distant cousin.
"This isn't a game show", Rotondo told the Post-Standard of Syracuse regarding the Legos.
Mr Rotondo said he wanted no further contact with his mother and father once he moved out of the property, which is 260 miles (420km) north of New York City.
In a unusual twist, Rotondo argued he was too busy dealing with a custody battle over his own son. The lego was reportedly found after police arrived. "I don't have to guess what's behind door number one".
Christina and Mark Rotondo sued their son after repeatedly sending formal letters asking him to leave.