The ‘Thelma and Louise star claims the proprietor of a construction management firm misrepresented his qualifications, inflated invoices, and charged for construction work that did not occur.
Susan Sarandon has sued a building company for allegedly “extensive problems” in her Vermont house.
near 2018, the 76-year-old Oscar winner purchased 45 acres of woods and meadowland near Stamford, Vermont. She built a sustainable home near the Massachusetts border, where she planned to spend her retirement.
Sarandon’s limited liability company, The Right to Bear Farms, filed a complaint against DeGrenier Contracting and Property Management in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts on Thursday (17 August).
The lawsuit, acquired by Reuters, claims that 47 problems were discovered with Sarandon’s property, which cost $2 million (£1.57 million).
Mold, an unfinished primary bedroom ceiling, missing insulation, and buckled siding are among the problems detected by engineers, contractors, and Sarandon’s staff, according to the report.
Sarandon described her “clear vision” for a “entirely off-the-grid” residence with solar electricity, well water, and geothermal energy “in light of increasing global environmental instability” in the application.
She did, however, claim that the proprietor of the Massachusetts-based construction management firm misrepresented his qualifications, inflated invoices, and charged for building work that did not occur.
Sarandon alleges she paid over $140,000 (£109,900) for the company’s owner to act as the property’s caretaker under a post-construction arrangement.
The actress is suing for undisclosed damages based on charges of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and fraudulent misrepresentation.
The owner of the company has yet to file a response and has not responded to Reuters’ request for comment.
Sarandon was arrested in May while protesting the minimum wage in New York.
The actor was among eight people jailed for disorderly conduct at a rally for the One Fair Wage organization, which she leads.
Sarandon was carried away in handcuffs along with New York lieutenant governor candidate Ana Maria Archila after asking that service workers be paid $17 per hour.
The eight people were arrested after “sitting and obstructing walking traffic” and refusing to move, according to New York State Police.
Police said they were charged with one count of disorderly conduct and given tickets to appear in Albany City Court on an unspecified date before being released.