Tyler Perry, the billionaire actor and filmmaker, has promised to help a 93-year-old South Carolina woman who is involved in a legal struggle with developers who are reportedly attempting to push her out of her home.
The property has been owned by Josephine Wright’s family since the end of the civil war, according to WSAV. She married a Gullah Geechee Islander whose family members escaped enslavement and were freed by Union forces.
Bailey Point Investment Group, on the other hand, has launched a lawsuit against the nonagenarian, stating that a portion of her home is located on land it is developing. Wright, on the other hand, has stated that she will fight to maintain her home despite reported harassment by the corporation.
“I’ve pretty much been a fighter all my life,” she said. “This house means it’s a home, a place where I want to be at this age,” she added.
Wright also stated that the company’s actions originally “puzzled” her but later enraged her. The complaint names the 93-year-old mother and her ex-daughter-in-law, Delores Wright, as defendants. Delores, who co-owns the property with Wright, claimed she eventually moved out due to the stress of living so near to the construction site.
Bailey Point alleges in the lawsuit that it has evidence that elements of Wright’s property are located on their property. Despite the fact that she removed a satellite dish and spent $1,900 to have a shed moved, the company still claims that the 93-year-old’s porch is on their property, according to WSAV.
“You can see I’m at least 12 feet away from the border line which is right there,” Wright told the news outlet. Her neighbors also said the distance between her home and a road the company constructed is 22 feet.
Wright also claimed that the company started harassing her after she declined to sell her land to them. She said her tires were slit, adding that refuse and a snake were also left on her property.
“I guess they figured I would become so unnerved with the harassment that I would say take it. But they don’t know me. I am here to fight for what I have,” she said. “I don’t want to say anything that can be used against me, but I think they are unscrupulous and greedy and they want all the property they can get their hands on.”
Wright is fighting the legal case with assistance from a legal team, as well as former State Rep., Bakari Sellers. “We sent a letter two weeks ago simply asking the developer to communicate. Simply asking the developer to speak to us. Speak to her. Just to have a common conversation about how to move forward,” said Sellers. “I think more disrespectful than a no is a non-response.”
A GoFundMe has also been set up to help raise funds for Wright’s legal fees. More than $150,000 has so far been raised. “We are very big on generational wealth, or trying to accrue it,” Sellers said. “When you talk about poverty in our communities it’s because we don’t have land, and when we do, people want to take it away. There are a lot of people to pick on.
“Pick on me. Don’t pick on a 93-year-old woman who has lived her life doing nothing wrong.”
Tyler Perry also pledged to support Wright after watching her story. “I’ve pretty much been a fighter all my life” Perry quoted Wright in a post on Instagram. “Ms. Wright, please tell where [sic] to show up and what you need to help you fight.”
Rapper, Meek Mill, and singer, Fantasia Barrino, also praised Perry for offering to help Wright, while others also promised to follow suit. “Corporate bullying at its finest .. this superhero status!” Meek Mill commented, with Barrino also writing, “I will stand with you as well Tyler.”