Tyler Perry, the billionaire film producer and actor, has stepped in to help a 93-year-old woman who is being evicted from her Civil War-era home. The property has been in Josephine Wright’s family since the Civil War’s end.
Wright informed local TV outlet WSAV in May that she was being harassed by developers who were pressuring her to sell her property. Wright claims that her Hilton Head home is “where I want to be at this age,” and she vows to fight anyone who stands in her way. “I’ve pretty much been a fighter my whole life,” Wright told the publication.
In a suit, Bailey Point Investment Group alleged that parts of the home are on their property, WSAV reported. “I guess they figured I would become so unnerved with the harassment that I would say take it,” she said of the developers. “But they don’t know me. I am here to fight for what I have.”
Perry made a vow to help Wright after learning about her situation. According to TMZ, the actor/filmmaker is currently constructing a 5-bedroom home in South Carolina for the 93-year-old to replace the one she shares with her grandchildren, which is also at the center of the land dispute.
TMZ also stated that Perry’s construction company will begin work on the house in the following weeks, once all licenses have been obtained. Not long ago, NBA player Kyrie Irving contributed $40,000 to a GoFundMe campaign created by Wright’s granddaughter. The GoFundMe was set up to help raise funds for Wright’s legal fees.
This is not the first time Perry has come to the aid of people in need. He contributed $750,000 to help prevent the displacement of low-income seniors in Atlanta. His humanitarian efforts have seen him earn the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Oscars.