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Brad Pitt has denied that he is to blame for the deterioration of the homes his foundation Make It Right built for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Pitt's foundation sought to build 150 homes in the Lower Ninth ward of New Orleans that were storm-safe, solar-powered, and 'green' for the price of $150,000 in 2007.
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Two residents of Pitt's homes filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court in September accusing Make It Right of unfair trade practices, breach of contract and fraud.
Pitt said on Tuesday that the claims made against him personally should be dismissed.
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He claimed he 'does not owe a duty to third parties', according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
The court document also says that Pitt 'cannot simply be lumped together with other defendants and held liable for alleged conduct in which he is not even alleged to have participated'.
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The actor's attorney argued that the residents' claims of 'negligent infliction of emotional distress' can’t be brought up unless they suffered physical injuries, which they have not.
In September, two residents filed a lawsuit against Pitt's foundation, claiming that the charity sold them 'defectively and improperly constructed homes'.
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'While the citizens of the 9th Ward are grateful to Brad Pitt they were forced to file this lawsuit because the Make It Right Foundation built substandard homes, that are deteriorating at a rapid pace while the homeowners are stuck with mortgages on properties that have diminished values,' Ron Austin, the attorney representing the Lower Ninth Ward residents, said in a statement to NBC News.
'We have filed to make Make It Right make it right,' he added.
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The project started in 2007 and by 2016 had spent $26.9million building 109 homes before construction was halted.
Although Make It Right stopped about 40 homes short of its goal, it led the most visible...
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