EXCLUSIVE: 'Neighbor from Hell' Tells Her Side of the Story

Lori Christensen says her former neighbors were jealous.

September 20, 2013, 11:23 AM
PHOTO: Lori Christensen talks to ABC News' "20/20."
Lori Christensen tells ABC News' "20/20" about her side of the story.
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Sept. 20, 2013 — -- Though she's been called the "neighbor from hell," Lori Christensen told ABC News' "20/20" in an exclusive interview that she doesn't deserve that nickname.

"I think I've just been trying to protect myself of being stalked and being bullied," said Christensen, 50.

Last week, Christensen tried to withdraw her guilty plea on felony charges of violating a restraining order brought by her former neighbors, Greg and Kim Hoffman of White Bear Lake, Minn. During a 6-year feud, there were more than 100 calls to police, almost 50 citations and enough mugshots to fill a photo album. The judge in the case refused Christensen's request and a jury will now determine her sentence. She faces up to 10 years of probation that would keep her out of the neighborhood for a decade.

According to the Hoffmans, Christensen lobbed obscenities at their children, made lewd gestures and repeatedly taunted Kim Hoffman about her struggle with alcohol.

It all began in 1999, the Hoffmans told ABC News' "20/20," when Christensen, once cordial with the Hoffmans, began screaming at Kim after she told Christensen about a spat between their daughters.

"You should have died," Kim recalled Christensen swearing at her. "Why don't you drink some more scotch?"

At the advice of the police, who made frequent visits to their neighborhood, the Hoffmans began videotaping Christensen's behavior,

At their son Jake's 12th birthday party, they recorded Christensen on video using a remote control car to simulate drunk driving, and on several occasions there were giant signs with messages covering Christensen's garage, such as "I Saw Mommy Kissing a Breathalyzer" and "Get a Life you Stalking Loser Freak."

The Hoffmans were eventually granted a harassment restraining order, which Christensen violated when she videotaped their home and their car.

Christensen told "20/20" that her trouble with the Hoffmans stems from their jealousy of her and another startling allegation of "Greg wanting to have a relationship with me."

"I had no interest in that at all," Christensen said.

"It is just another thing that Lori creates to justify her behavior. It never happened," Greg Hoffman said.

Christensen said she has no remorse for telling Hoffman that she should have died after her alcohol relapse. "Why? Because that's was where she was headed," she explained. "She was the scotch drinker, not I."

The giant signs that covered her garage, Christensen said, were not always directed at the Hoffmans.

"I have pictures of every Metropolitan Council bus driving down the street that said, 'I saw Mama kissing a breathalyzer,'" Christensen said about one particular sign, adding that she's a supporter of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Christensen maintains that although some of the signs may have crossed the line, it was her first amendment right to post them

She maintains she never left her property or physically threatened the Hoffman family.

Christensen offered no apologies for the behavior that has, so far, landed her in jail twice.

"Why do I have to live my life to make them happy?" Christensen asked. "They sat at home every day on their front step watching me and my daughter."

Standing by her actions, Christensen said, "I'm assertive. I hold my own. But I'm also a very compassionate person."

Christensen remains barred from returning to her house and it is currently up for sale. Christensen said she sees losing her job, spending time in jail and being forced out of her neighborhood simply as "speed bumps" in her life.

"I've always been happy," she said. "I love life."

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