Brad Pitt’s Katrina Housing Scandal Leads To Massive Payout

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Brad Pitt, along with his Make It Right Foundation, who were sued three years ago over ‘shoddy homes’ they built in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, have finally settled their lawsuit.

According to Page Six, the preliminary settlement will be funded by the environmental non-profit organisation Global Green, which has agreed to cover the $20.5million settlement which will rectify the defects on the homes.

While the settlement does now have to be approved by a judge, Pitt said: “I am incredibly grateful for Global Green’s willingness to step up and provide this important support for the Lower Ninth families.

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“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.

“Hopefully this agreement will allow everyone to look ahead to other opportunities to continue to strengthen this proud community in the future.”

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Pitt and his associates were sued in 2018 by residents of homes built by the Make It Right Foundation over defective design and building practices, breach of contract and fraud.

Page Six report that the Oscar winner was merely the face of the organisation, helping to raise millions of dollars to build $150,000 houses, and that he delegated day-to-day responsibilities to the foundation.

He only returned to assist when Make It Right proved itself to be incapable of keeping up the defective homes, leading to the eventual lawsuit.

Class action suit Attorney Ron Austin told Newsnation’s Ashleigh Banfield in February: ““They believed in Brad Pitt. They believed in the dream he sold them.

“Unfortunately, what they got is a bunch of broken promises… living in rotten houses that should be torn down to the ground and started over.”

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Allegedly, Pitt wanted to be removed from the suit, saying he ‘should not be held responsible for the project’s actual construction’.

“Brad was a co-founder, but he wasn’t on the board for years,” a source previously told Page Six.

“When the problems arose, he committed to help make it right.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.