Ex-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards is ready for a fight when she appears in court next month as she faces off with her former landlords.
As we previously reported, Denise and her husband Aaron Phypers are currently fighting Anthony Ellrod and Christopher Masterson in court. They are headed to trial on December 6.
Ellrod and Masterson are suing the couple accusing them of trashing the Calabasas home they leased to them. Richards and her husband rented the pad for Phypers’ brother to stay in for a short period of time before their 2018 nuptials.
The landlords claim the home was returned to them in disarray and in need of serious repairs. The suit claimed Richards allowed two-pot bellied pigs, three dogs, and two poines onto the property in breach of the deal.
"During their seven-month tenancy the defendants trashed the house and destroyed the landscaping, resulting in over $100,000 in damage,” they claim.
Denise and Aaron have denied all allegations of wrongdoing. The actress is even countersuing the plaintiffs for allegedly leaking her personal information to the public.
In court docs, Denise and Aaron accuse the landlords of only bringing the lawsuit because they struggled to find a buyer for the home.
In newly filed documents, the former Bravo star lays out her case ahead of the upcoming trial, where she is set to take the stand and testify.
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Richards says she rented the home in question for six months. She paid $56k up-front in rent and another $10k security deposit. She accuses the landlords of failing to provide a written letter explaining why they were not returning her deposit.
Further, she says the home was sold off in 2019 for $1.9 million. She explains, “Before the completed sale, Plaintiffs were in escrow to sell the property at a much higher price. That buyer was willing to pay the higher price in the exact condition of the property at the end of Defendants’ tenancy. Contrary to Plaintiffs’ assertions, Defendants did nothing to disrupt that sale.”
Denise claims, “The buyer intended to operate a rehabilitation clinic and terminated escrow when the buyer learned that its intended use was impossible because another clinic was to close in proximity.”
She says the landlords didn’t even improve the home before selling. Further, she says there were no ponies on the property and all other animals were approved by the landlords.
In her filing, Denise reveals she offered to settle the case for $33,500 but the proposal was rejected.
The case is ongoing.