Legal battles with landlords never tend to go well, particularly for the tenants, but the fight Mo’Nique, her husband Sidney, and one of their landlord’s, Alice, are involved in is just hitting all below the belt.
Last year, Mo’Nique’s landlord filed a lawsuit against her saying she owed $370,000 in unpaid rent for bailing on the two-year, $20,000/month lease agreement she signed for the Georgia property in March 2011. The couple immediately shot back with a suit of their own, demanding they be let out of their contract because the home smelled of dog feces, wet dog, and urine, plus there was an overflowing septic tank. They also said they had a verbal agreement to be let out of the contract with 60 days notice because of all the problems, and accused the landlord of backtracking. Well now they’re doing a lot more than that.
A new set of documents has been filed in the case, including a string of nasty emails sent between the parties. Sidney said the landlord should be embarrassed by the home she was leasing, and Alice said the couple is just embarrassed that they can’t afford the rent, writing:
“We do understand that your business has been greatly affected by the cancellation of your weekly talk show. However we do not want the publicity and heartache/hardship for either of us.”
That was the last diplomatic approach to the issue because when Sidney said Alice “has a poor man’s mentality,” adding “you talk tough when you are owed but run when you owe,” the landlord said this about the allegations of odor in the home:
“Maybe the illegal substances you use in our home (i.e. WEED) has weakened your sense of smell.”
Don’t think Sidney didn’t have a comeback. He shot down the landlord’s comment immediately with this:
“The only illegal greenery was with the illegal immigrant you brought on our premises to cut down the trees … Maybe the overuse of alcohol has affected you and your husband’s judgment.”
They are out.of.control. According to TMZ, this banter goes on for 136 pages so you can only imagine how much nastier both sides got as time went on. I wonder who’s telling the truth with this one.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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