News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Thurs. Sept. 1, 2011: Barbadian-born, Grammy-winning “Umbrella” singer, Rihanna, has slapped a lawsuit on Prudential California Realty, the designer and the former owner of her US$7 million mansion.
Rihanna, born Robyn Fenty, purchased the home in Beverly Hills in July 2009 for $6.9 million and says it is uninhabitable. She is now alleging that the realtor and the former property owner as well as several companies that designed and inspected the home, should have informed her of construction defects that made the residence conducive to flooding.
According to the suit, during the purchase of the home she was kept in the dark about several problems with the home — problems that came to light following a “moderate rainstorm” in January 2010. Rihanna alleges professional negligence, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract and breach of implied warranty and is seeking unspecified damages, plus interest, court costs and attorneys’ fees.
“The rainwater pooled on the second floor balcony ad seeped into numerous rooms of the house, causing extensive water intrusion into various rooms,” the suit alleges.
After the flood, the singer hired an engineering firm to assess the damage; during an inspection, the firm found “a host of defects in the property, including numerous waterproofing defects and evidence of water intrusion and associated damage.”