Brad Pitt Fires Back In His Foundation's Hurricane Katrina Lawsuit
Brad Pitt is firing back at the accusations that his charity, the Make It Right Foundation, sold faulty homes to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. A group of victims are suing Pitt's charity and believe he should be held responsible for the defective houses.
Pitt responded to the accusations this week and claims that the victims have "no facts" to support their case. "The petition contains no facts to show that Mr. Pitt owed any personal duty to any plaintiff or putative member," the court records stated.
According to Radar Online , there are two hurricane victims in New Orleans who are suing Pitt. The residents, who live in the Lower Ninth Ward, claim that Pitt's foundation constructed homes which are unsafe to live in.
The plaintiffs are charging Pitt with causing emotional distress and participating in unfair trade applications. They specifically name Pitt in the lawsuit, as he is on the Board of Directors for the charity.
But Pitt's lawyers say he is not personally responsible for any breach of duty. Because Pitt did not interact with the plaintiffs directly, his attorneys believe he should not be personally held liable for any damages.
The organization was established in 2007 with the aim of building homes that Hurricane Katrina wiped out. Homeowners who purchased houses from Make It Right started complaining in 2013 about defective lumber.
The homeowners claim that the wood in their houses is not moisture resistant and has started to turn gray.
The lawsuit comes at a turbulent time in Pitt's life. The actor is currently getting ready to appear in court to settle his bitter custody war with Angelina Jolie . The two are scheduled to begin their trial on Dec. 4.
Jolie is seeking primary custody of their six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox.
Brad Pitt has not commented on the Hurricane Katrina lawsuit. He previously owned a house in New Orleans, which he sold after Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.