Judge: Brad Pitt, others can be sued over New Orleans homes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge has denied actor Brad Pitt's request to be taken off a lawsuit that says his Make it Right Foundation built shoddy homes in the New Orleans area that was hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.

The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reports Pitt and other foundation directors asked the court to remove them from the lawsuit, saying they weren't personally responsible for the construction.

Judge Rachael Johnson denied the request last week.

Two homeowners filed the suit. Their attorney, Ron Austin, says the homes built by the foundation in the Lower Ninth Ward have infrastructural issues and residents have reported being sick.

More than 100 green Make It Right houses were built in 2008. The foundation sued the principal architect last year saying his designs were defective.

 

Porn actress brags about private NYPD tour

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says he's upset about revelations that a porn actress got a private, behind-the-scenes tour of police headquarters.

Asked about it Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "I don't like what I hear. I don't know how on earth it could've happened."

German actress Annina Ucatis bragged on Instagram about the Oct. 14 tour, posting photos and videos from secure areas where photography isn't normally allowed.

The New York Post brought them to light Tuesday.

Ucatis' posts show her in the department's Real Time Crime Center and outside the office of Commissioner James O'Neill, who wasn't there. Both areas have restricted access.

First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said he only learned of the visit Wednesday. He says the department "will get to the bottom of it."