Brad Pitt has tried to back away from responsibility for the subpar homes built by his Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, but residents have filed a class action lawsuit in attempt to get him to pay up, The Blast reports.
In new court documents obtained by the website, plaintiffs say: “Mr. Pitt gladly accepted responsibility for his personal participation when the publicity was favorable … [He] received incalculable marketing and publicity benefits from his involvement with the Foundation and the Lower Ninth Ward.”
They continue: “But when it surfaced that these homeowners, who are burned with 30-year mortgages on homes that may not last another five years, defendant seeks to be dismissed from legal scrutiny by conveniently ignoring his personal participation and plaintiffs’ allegations of fraud.”
Furthermore: Pitt “personally participated in the tortious and fraudulent acts and omissions alleged in Plaintiffs’ Petition. He promised he would build quality, sustainable, green, safe and healthy homes designed to withstand hurricane force winds, promises upon which the homeowners detrimentally relied.”
The judge overseeing the case has not yet ruled and the case is ongoing.