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Halle Berry sues for house fraud

Los Angeles, June 13 (AFP): Oscar-winning movie star Halle Berry has sued a couple who sold her a $2-million mansion but allegedly failed to tell her that the property needed a million dollars in repairs.

Berry, 34, sued the former owners of the Beverly Hills house, Jonathan and Alison Roth, after they filed a pre-emptive suit against Berry alleging that she knew about the condition of the site and bought it “as is”.

In her action filed in Los Angeles, the new Bond girl claimed the ground under the property “turned out to contain major undisclosed defects that would require over one million dollars in corrective measures.”

Berry claims she and husband Eric Benet found out about the problems — which included “numerous geological defects” — only after the purchase was completed in 2001, according to the suit.

The 2002 best actress Oscar winner claims the faults prevent her from building a new house on the property as she would first have to spend a million dollars on stabilizing the site.

The actress claimed that the Roths were warned that Berry may sue for fraud and breach of contract, prompting them to file their own fraud suit against Berry the day after she rejected a cash settlement.

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