Billionaire and ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann was searching for a trophy $50 million-plus apartment on Fifth Avenue before the company's disastrous IPO effort -- but a source says he was bluntly rejected by the co-op boards of a number of prestigious buildings after media reports of his erratic behavior.

Neumann and wife, Rebekah, were shopping on Fifth for an apartment, aiming to reside among the city's wealthy elite. But, according to a well-placed real estate insider, he was shocked that the co-op boards of at least three fancy buildings, including 950 and 960 Fifth Ave., responded, "He need not even apply."

... A rep for Neumann and Lapidus said, "This story is completely false," adding, "Mark walked into those buildings as a favor to a broker and left within five minutes.

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