Brad Pitt is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him after claims his foundation Make It Right built inadequate housing.
The 54-year-old actor and his foundation built homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. Homeowners sued the actor and his foundation in September claiming the homes were faulty and deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Pitt argued that the claims made against him personally should be dismissed in a filing on Tuesday, claiming he “does not owe a duty to third parties,” according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
His attorney is arguing the residents have not provided any facts “that support a conclusion that Mr. Pitt owed some personal duty to plaintiffs,” according to the motion.
The documents also argue the residents didn’t provide “factual allegations” that the War Machine actor had a hand in any “wrongful conduct” toward the homeowners either through direct actions or communications.
Pitt’s attorney is also arguing the plaintiffs’ claims of “negligent infliction of emotional distress” can’t be brought up unless they suffered physical injuries, which they have not, according to the court documents.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Ron Austin, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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In a statement provided to PEOPLE after the lawsuit, Pitt’s charitable organization, Make It Right, stated that it “has filed a lawsuit against its former executive architect, John Williams, and his firm for monetary damages to remediate and repair affected homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, arising from his engagement with the Foundation. Make It Right continues to work proactively with homeowners in the Lower 9th Ward, and we will make no further comment on the case at this time.”
The lawsuit against Pitt and Make It Right was brought by residents Lloyd Francis and Jennifer Decuir, who stated in the complaint that the homeowners “were and are extremely grateful to Mr. Pitt for spearheading the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward because their neighborhood housed more than their homes. It housed their community.”
While the foundation’s goal may have been to build affordable homes, residents claimed the houses “were deficiently constructed and built,” according to a previous complaint obtained by PEOPLE.
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Some of the problems with the homes include mold from trapped water, poor air ventilation, structural problems, electrical problems, plumbing problems and rotten wood, according to the complaint.
Francis and Decuir allege the foundation was aware of issues with the materials used to build homes by 2013 but “never provided homeowners with notice of these design and material defects” despite the residents paying for mortgages on the homes.
While members of the foundation promised residents they would provide the engineering reports from inspections, homeowners were allegedly told they needed to sign “a packet” in order to begin repairs.
Francis and Decuir claim the packet contained a non-disclosure form and a binding arbitration document that needed resident signatures — which they allege Make It Right tried to gain while they were under duress, according to the complaint.
The two, who state they are representing all the residents who bought homes from the foundation, claim the foundation members “have caused and will continue to cause plaintiffs to suffer significant mental distress” by continuing to ignore the state of their homes.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE, Make It Right stated that it “has filed a lawsuit against its former executive architect, John Williams, and his firm for monetary damages to remediate and repair affected homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, arising from his engagement with the Foundation. Make It Right continues to work proactively with homeowners in the Lower 9th Ward, and we will make no further comment on the case at this time.”
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