Tyler Perry helps build home for 93-year-old woman facing threat of ouster from Civil War-era property
Josephine Wright of Hilton Head, South Carolina, has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Bailey Point Investment Group over her home
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Tyler Perry is going above and beyond to help a 93-year-old grandmother, and plans to build her a brand new house.
Josephine Wright of Hilton Head, South Carolina, has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Bailey Point Investment Group over her home, which she claims has been in her family since the Civil War, as reported by AceShowbiz.
Josephine faced threats when she refused to sell her house
Wright claims that the development company offered to buy her house, but when she refused, they began harassing and threatening her, even filing a lawsuit to seize control of the property.
While Wright's fight to keep her home continues, TMZ reports that Perry is building Wright a brand new five-bedroom home for her and her grandchildren.
Tyler Perry helps Josephine to build another home
Perry, who helped Kerry Washington promote her new book during a tour stop in Atlanta, and his construction crew are set to start work in the coming weeks once the permits are finalized, as reported by DailyMail.
Wright previously told local Hilton Head news affiliate WSAV that Bailey Point was attempting to force her to sell her property through a 'frivolous lawsuit.'
The company claims that her porch is somehow on the property they purchased across the street, despite the fact that the porch is 22 feet from the road.
Wright, a grandmother to 40 children, a great-grandmother to 50, and a great-great-grandmother to 16, said her husband's relatives escaped slavery and were freed by Union soldiers, and the house means a lot to her.
Tyler Perry shared an Instagram post for Josephine Wright
Wright stated in the news article, "I've pretty much been a fighter all my life," which seemed to resonate with Perry.
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On his Instagram, Perry shared WSAV's report on Josephine, writing, “I’ve pretty much been a fighter all my life” said 93 year old Josephine Wright. Well, that makes two of us. Ms. Wright, please tell where to show up and what you need to help you fight."
Others made similar commitments, including movie producer Will Packer, Fantasia Taylor, and celebrity chef Kardea Brown.
Josephine Wright's family starts GoFundMe
In order to assist with the lawsuit's mounting legal costs, her family started a GoFundMe campaign, which has so far raised $363K. The page is launched by Charise Graves, who is Wright's granddaughter.
The roof of Josephine's house had a tree fall onto it, according to a mid-September update from Graves.
Charise said, "After we had an amazing weekend celebrating and honoring Grandma Josephine in Bluffton at the Roots & Rivers Festival and through a powerful yoga session at her home on Sunday, the tree decided to give up and give in."
She added, "Grandma Josephine wasn't home and luckily, no human was injured. I can't say the same for the house. She sustained 2 holes in her roof. Rest assured, Grandma is still all smiles! She knows we are in God's hands, and no weapons formed against us shall prosper. Not now... Not ever".