Megan Fox has agreed to settle her three-year legal battle over a $3.3million ‘moldy mansion’ she bought from Brad Pitt‘s longtime manager that she claims gave her health issues and ruined her life.
The 35-year-old actress purchased the property from Cynthia Pett-Dante in May 2016, only to soon realize it was plagued with serious issues, including mold and leaks, and required at least $500,000 remedial work.
Fox filed a $5million lawsuit against Pett-Dante two years later and, in an astonishing court deposition, complained that the bad purchase had given her ‘chronic migraines’ and ‘constant stress.’
But in a court order filed earlier this month, Judge David Soleto ruled in Pett-Dante’s favor, granting her motion for summary judgment.
Pett-Dante in turn offered a $100,000 compromise deal under the California civil code 998, where either party can propose a settlement before the case goes to trial.
Megan Fox (pictured August 13) has agreed to settle her three-year legal battle over a ‘moldy’ mansion she bought in Malibu for $3.3million in 2016
The 35-year-old actress sued Brad Pitt’s longtime manager Cynthia Pett-Dante (pictured with the actor in 2018) for $5million, claiming she sold her a faulty home plagued with issues and mold problems
Fox claimed in an astonishing court deposition that the house purchase (pictured) had given her ‘chronic migraines’ and ‘constant stress’
It appears to be a financial olive branch to have the case dismissed with prejudice and stop Fox from repeatedly objecting and appealing.
The deal was accepted by Fox and is one-fiftieth of the amount she was demanding, court papers obtained by DailyMail.com show.
The drawn out court battle saw both parties rack up hefty legal fees, particularly Fox, who also sued 16 others involved in the transaction, meaning the settlement is likely to be swallowed up by her attorney costs.
An order granted Pett-Dante’s motion for summary judgment and absolved her from blame.
Instead, the judge pointed the finger at Fox, who ignored the advice of her real estate lawyer Joseph D’Onofrio, who called it a ‘nightmarish, ill-advised and risky’ purchase – but it didn’t stop Fox from also suing him.
Fox admitted to not reading vital emails or inspection reports alerting her to the problems.
When asked during her testimony if she’d read any of them, she responded: ‘[No], because I pay other people to read them and tell me what’s in them and advise me on what I should do or not do.’
She admitted pushing the sale through, despite being aware it had major flaws that would costs hundreds of thousands to repair, because it was the only Malibu home in her price range and wanted her kids to go to a new school there.
But Fox, who gave birth to her third child three months after the purchase, failed to realize the gravity of the situation which saw mold all over the property, water damage, and a ‘mini-zoo’ Pett-Dante had built with no permit.
‘Well, for me it’s hazy. I just had a baby. So I was concentrating on that. I remember that the estimate came in very high. We didn’t have that kind of money sitting around where I could fix it and be okay,’ she said her testimony.
In her deposition, Fox said that she became so sick from the mold that she started to see a holistic doctor and a Hollywood acupuncturist
Fox, who gave birth to her third child three months after the purchase, failed to realize the state of the home which was covered in mold, had water damage, and even a ‘mini-zoo’ Pett-Dante had built with no permit
‘So there were a lot of discussions about me needing going back to work pretty quickly after having the baby, in case I was going to have to fix this. I don’t recall exactly. It was high. I believe the first estimate was high. Upwards of $500,000.’
‘She had done a lot of work to the backyard upwards of $800,000 of work in the yard to keep the animals because she rescues animals.
‘She had a bull when I saw the house. She had goats, llamas, chickens, pigs, and all of that work had been done on that slope, and I had been led to believe that it was legal, and that that was usable property.’
Pett-Dante’s legal team stated in court docs: ‘[Fox’s] own lawyer did not believe Plaintiffs should purchase the Property and described the Property as ‘nightmarish’ in certain respects and had a ‘cavalcade of deficiencies.’
‘Despite those warnings, Plaintiffs removed their contingencies and agreed to move forward with their purchase of the Property with knowledge that there were non-permitted structures, mold, and septic tanks issues on the Property.
‘Green did not read any of the reports, documents, and/or disclosures. Thus, she lacks knowledge as to what was actually disclosed to her and her representatives during the purchase of the Property.’
In her deposition, Fox admitted to not reading vital emails or inspection reports alerting her to the problems
But the three-year legal battle began winding down last week after a judge ruled in favor of Pett-Dante and granted her motion for summary judgment
In her deposition, Fox said that she became so sick from the mold that she started to see a holistic doctor, Dr. George Burns, and a Hollywood acupuncturist, Bon Kim.
‘I knew there was mold. I had been exposed to mold before, and I was getting chronic headaches and having the same health issues,’ she said.
‘Chronic migraines, like I mentioned, but it’s more of a endocrine system issue where the constant stress or the excessive stress, activates the adrenal glands which sets off the pituitary and the thyroid, and for me that acts in an overactive thyroid.
‘My body metabolizes itself. I eat my own muscle proteins. I lose a lot of weight. I get very sick. So it’s a cycle that’s stress induced, and that’s what Dr. Burns treats… [Bon Kim] that’s a different type of medicine, so it’s not phrased the same way, but it’s again just treating symptoms of stress.’
She also admits to having money problems after buying a four-bed, six-bath property in Toluca Lake for $3.35 million in 2014, which was once Bing Crosby’s carriage house.
She claimed their interior designer destroyed the house while she was away filming to the point that it had to be sold for $2.6million, making a loss of $735,000 plus failed renovation costs.
Fox, who began dating singer Machine Gun Kelly last June, now lives with her three kids in a $15,000-a-month rental home in Calabasas
‘We experienced an unfortunate situation over the summer with a designer who put us in a very bad position with a property we were building, and we ended up losing money on that house. The one I bought in Toluca Lake,’ said Fox in her testimony.
‘I gave him a budget to remodel the house, and I went out of town, and he spent the entire budget over the course of how long I was gone filming, and the house had just been taken down to studs and there was no house, and the budget was gone.’
The family – estranged husband Brian Austin Green, 48, and three children, Noah, eight, Bodhi, seven, Journey, five – eventually moved out of the Malibu home in October 2017.
Yet the problems still exist today, she says there’s excessive moisture, water from the hillside runs directly under the house, and the property was damaged in the November 2018 Malibu fires, which caused smoke and ‘regular damage.’
Fox, who began dating singer Machine Gun Kelly last June, now lives with her three kids in a $15,000-a-month rental home in Calabasas.