A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood star Brad Pitt for $100,000 claiming he wooed her with marriage talk, only to rip her off for lots of money in a charity debacle. Pitt’s lawyers, however, have responded by saying that the woman was tricked by an online scammer.
Page Six reported that Kelli Christina, a health care CEO from Plano, alleged in her lawsuit that she paid $40,000 for Pitt to make five appearances at events that she arranged for his charity Make It Right Foundation, which constructs new homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. In court documents, Christina claim that she developed such a strong relationship with the actor that they had “discussions of marriage.”
Pitt’s attorneys have fired back by saying that Christina was cruelly tricked by an internet scammer who pretended to be the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star.
“Neither the Make It Right Entities nor Mr. Pitt entered into an agreement with Plaintiff,” Pitt’s legal team argued in a motion to dismiss. “Rather, as [Christina] herself has acknowledged, it appears [Christina’s] communications about any agreement were apparently with one or more individuals unlawfully posing as — but not in any way affiliated with — defendants online.”
“By [Christina’s] own admissions, the communications she now alleges to have had with Mr. Pitt . . . were actually between Plaintiff and one or more individuals posing as, in Plaintiff’s words, ‘fake Brad Pitts’ and not in any way affiliated with the Make It Right Foundation,” the star’s lawyers continued.
Christina’s initial complaint that was filed in Texas Eastern District Court stated, “In 2018, Plaintiff Kelli Christina was approached by Brad Pitt for the purposes of raising funds for the Make It Right Foundation, a charitable cause to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.”
“Kelli Christina was persuaded by Brad Pitt’s presentation of the allegedly meritorious cause,” the complaint added. “Plaintiff and Brad Pitt . . . entered into a business agreement with specific terms and conditions.”
Christina alleged that “Pitt” canceled at the very last minute for each event, always promising “next time.” Yet she said he still pocketed the $40,000 appearance fee. Their deal was that Christina would organize events and market to the general public to raise money for Make It Right Foundation’s various charitable causes.
“Brad Pitt’s appearance at the events was key to the events, donations to be made by attendees and was part of the agreement between Plaintiff and Defendants,” Christina’s lawsuit added.
Christina fired back at Pitt’s motion to dismiss by vowing to fight it.
“We have been litigating since March 2020 and I am pushing back on media,” she said. “This lawsuit is important for the country so I will continue to fight Brad Pitt and Make it Right Foundation. I have 113 pages of organized discovery to support the charges and allegations. I wouldn’t expect this lawsuit to go away easily.”
Pitt’s representative has refused to comment on the case when contacted.
“This is a sad case of someone who was the victim of an online celebrity internet scam that had nothing to do with the actual celebrity,” said a source close to the situation. “Hopefully others can learn from this unfortunate situation.”
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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