By: Doug MacCash
It was supposed to be a utopia in the Lower 9th Ward, a shining example of philanthropists making up for the myriad failures of government. Instead, Brad Pitt’s Make It Right avant-garde housing development has become ground zero for a cluster bomb of lawsuits that pit the organization against residents and its own former leaders.
On Friday, the Make It Right Foundation sued its former executive director, Tom Darden III, along with the former treasurer and other officials, accusing them of mismanaging the $65 million project between 2007 and 2016. The suit, filed in in Civil District Court, also alleges that Darden and the others misled fellow Make It Right officials, including Pitt.
Make It Right’s lawyer claims that Darden and the other executives are solely liable for any damages the court might impose on the nonprofit foundation for faulty design or shoddy construction of the 109 homes it built.
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