AceShowbiz - Brad Pitt has been denied his request to be dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit concerning his Hurricane Katrina home construction charity.
The actor launched the Make It Right Foundation to help residents of the Lower Ninth Ward neighbourhood in New Orleans, Louisiana rebuild homes destroyed by the deadly 2005 storm, but he and other leaders of the organisation were sued by members of the community last year, amid allegations suggesting the houses weren't built properly.
Pitt, who is not actively involved in the day-to-day running of the charity, subsequently tried to dodge the legal action by asking to be removed as a defendant, but Civil District Court Judge Rachael Johnson denied the request last week, ordering him to remain a litigant in the case, reports NOLA.com.
Members of the Make It Right Foundation built 109 homes in a New Orleans development designed by John C. Williams, but residents claim the architecturally experimental properties are defective and have put them in danger.
The home owners claim they have suffered as a result of mould, poor plumbing and air quality, rotten wood, structural problems, and ventilation issues.