Plano woman’s lawsuit alleges she gave actor Brad Pitt $40K for fundraising appearances, but he never showed

A Plano woman has filed a lawsuit against actor Brad Pitt and his nonprofit, the

A Plano woman has filed a lawsuit against actor Brad Pitt and his nonprofit, the Make It Right Foundation, alleging that he was a no-show after she paid him $40,000 for him to make a series of appearance at fundraisers, according to court documents.

Kelli Christina, CEO and owner of KD Staffing, a recruiting firm for health care professionals, alleges in the lawsuit that she paid Pitt the money to appear at events that she arranged for his charity. The nonprofit, known for building homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina, was sued by several homeowners in 2018.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine A. Nowak of the Eastern District of Texas set a Nov. 5 hearing through videoconference on a motion to dismiss filed by Pitt’s legal team.

A Plano water tower in Plano, Texas, on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News)

Christina’s lawsuit states that Pitt approached her in 2018 about the fundraising deal and that they developed a personal relationship that led to talk of marriage. But the relationship ended after Pitt never showed for the charity events and she stopped making payments, the lawsuit states.

Christina further alleges that the money she paid was deposited into various bank accounts belonging to staff members at the nonprofit. She is seeking $100,000.

Pitt’s legal team maintains that Christina was the victim of an online scam.

“Mr. Pitt has never had any communications with Plaintiff, much less entered into an agreement with her,” the motion to dismiss states. “It appears Plaintiff’s communications about any agreement were apparently with one or more individuals unlawfully posing as — but not in any way affiliated with — Mr. Pitt online.”

A Plano water tower in Plano, Texas, on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News)

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