Tyler Perry fights to help woman, 93, save her home
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Tyler Perry has hopped on board the fight to help a 93-year-old woman save her home from developers.
The 53-year-old Madea star has clearly been touched by the story of Josephine Wright, a great-great-grandmother, after Bailey Point Investment allegedly attempted to remove her from the house that has been in her family since the Civil War.
Perry, a billionaire well-known for his multiple acts of philanthropy, has seemingly signed himself on to his next project after catching light of Wright's story on local news station, WSAV.
In the interview, the senior citizen opened up about the cultural and familial significance attached to her family home.
Wright, who has seven children, 40 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren, revealed: "This house means it’s a home, a place where I want to be at this age."
The pensioner has refused the property developer's offers to take her land and, as a result, Bailey Point Investment has reportedly now taken legal action against her, suing Wright for encroachment.
"I’ve been pretty much a fighter all my life," she said. "It puzzled me at first. But then it got me angry."
Perry has since taken to Instagram to share a clip of the interview to his 7.4 million followers and how he plans to get involved.
He captioned the post quoting Wright: "'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."
Wright's family have since set up a GoFundMe page with $158,661 raised so far out of the $250,000 goal.
Charise Graves, granddaughter to Wright, wrote: "My name is Charise Graves, granddaughter to Mrs. Josephine Wright, and I am reaching out to you today because my 93-year-old grandmother, a resident of Hilton Head Island, SC for over 30 years, is in desperate need of your help.
"Bailey Point Investment, a greedy land development company, is trying to take her property away from her as her land is situated right in the middle of their new residential subdivision, currently under construction."
The granddaughter continued: "She's being unfoundedly sued by Bailey Point for encroachment.
"They claim her back porch, (still standing), and shed, (which was removed for over $2,000), are encroaching on to their new property. In their lawsuit, they are also making claims that she is not the legal heir to her property which she has lived and paid taxes on for over 30 years."
She explained the funds would be used to cover the cost of Wright's attorneys, cover any property taxes and construct a fence to create a barrier between the multi-generational family property and the new development.
The post concluded: "Any funds that the foundation has remaining will be used as a college fund for her heirs and to replant trees on Hilton Head.
"Let's do our best to protect Josephine and ensure she receives the justice she deserves."
UNILAD has attempted to reached out to Bailey Point Investment for comment.