Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos has ordered Rihanna to agree on a date to take a deposition in a home defect case involving her former Beverly Hills home, reports Radar
Rihanna hired LaRocca Inspection Associates in August 2009 to do an analysis of the property for any needed repairs by the owners. She alleges they Did not make sure water seepage problems in the hardwood floors were fixed before escrow closed.
Rihanna maintains the home had numerous problems with water intrusion and that extensive leaks occurred during rains in 2009-10.
In his court papers, LaRocca attorney Gregory Pyfrom said he has tried for more than two years to take the entertainer’s deposition.
Pyfrom asked Palazuelos to grant him $7,500 in compensation from Rihanna for what he said were the costs to his clients for his legal work in trying To depose the singer. The judge denied the request.
Rihanna’s attorney, Miles Cooley, countered in his court papers that his client has “consistently agreed’” to be deposed.
“Instead of withdrawing its motion, LaRocca insists on carrying out a smear campaign against (Rihanna), sets forth over 120 pages of email and court documents and shamelessly reveals confidential settlement offers and mediation results,” Cooley’s court papers state.
The singer — who filed the complaint under her real name, Robyn Fenty — alleges negligence, fraud and breach of contract.