Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation Will Pay $20.5 Million To The Owners Of Their Shitty Post-Katrina Houses
Brad Pitt must know that having one shitstorm at a time is the key to maintaining a semi-decent image. Earlier this week, the door to another big mess for Brad Pitt opened when the FBI report about his 2016 nightmare of a plane ride with Angelina Jolie was released. Well, the door to another one of Brad Pitt’s messes has closed. Brad’s Make It Right Foundation, which built houses in New Orleans for victims of Hurricane Katrina, has finally settled with the people of the Lower 9th Ward for $20.5 million.
Brad’s Make It Right Foundation allegedly built some absolute shit houses. Mold was found in 17 of the 109 houses built and the family of one homeowner believes she died of toxic mold from her house. Also, over 60% of the properties were found to have major issues. Brad originally tried to get his name removed from the lawsuit, but a judge laughed at that. The lawsuit persisted, with homeowners claiming the houses were “deficiently constructed and built,” and Brad blamed their ex-architect, John Williams. The reportedly broke Make It Right Foundation could not escape liability and now a settlement has been reached. Of course, Brad himself doesn’t have to pay up.
People says that the foundation settled the suit thanks to the help of Global Green, an environmental group of which Leonardo Di Caprio, Edward Norton, and CNN’s Ted Turner sit on the Board of Directors. LOL! Rich people bailing out rich people!
In a release obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday, the $20.5 million settlement was described as serving “to resolve outstanding issues in the litigation over homes in the Make It Right development in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.”
“As part of its overall mission of environmental justice and sustainable living, Global Green will fund a program to rectify defects in the original as built conditions of homes,” the release adds. “Under this agreement, Global Green will provide $20.5 million to fund the program and resolve the litigation.”
In his statement about the settlement, Brad thanked the “incredibly grateful for Global Green’s willingness to step up and provide this important support for the Lower Ninth families.”
“We collaborated in the early days post-Katrina and we are very fortunate to have Global Green’s generous continuing commitment to help address the challenges around these homes and others in need,” the actor continued. “Hopefully this agreement will allow everyone to look ahead to other opportunities to continue to strengthen this proud community in the future.”
The CEO of Global Green, William Bridge, gave a statement as well saying they’ve had a long relationship with Brad and are always “impressed with his commitment to the people of New Orleans.”
“We were incredibly pleased when he came to us asking for assistance in resolving this matter and as part of our overall mission, look forward to helping restore the homes of the Lower 9th Ward,” Bridge added.
And to drive how just how serious these people are about saving the victims of catastrophe in the Lower 9th Ward, and NOT about saving their rich buddy from more drama, there is yet another statement from the Co-Chairman of the Board, Vered Elkouby Nisim who says:
“This commitment to New Orleans is a result of our partnerships and the incredible support we have amassed through our long-standing legacy work… Our board has rallied its network for this initiative, and we look forward to expanding our commitment to creating affordable, sustainable housing for a community that deeply deserves it.”
But sadly, Make It Right’s settlement agreement doesn’t include a clause that forces them to keep it real with their name by changing it to Make It Wrong.
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