Brad Pitt has denied contacting a woman who is suing the Hollywood star for allegedly ‘promising to marry her’ before running off with $40,000 (£30k) in an apparent catfishing scam linked to his foundation in 2018.

The star insisted he doesn’t know Kelli Christina, who is suing Pitt for $100k (£77k), after claiming the Oscar-winner contacted her about helping him raise money for his Make It Right Foundation, which aimed to help rebuild 150 homes in the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans.

Christina claims in court documents cited by Daily Mail, filed in the Texas Eastern District Court, their working relationship over the foundation evolved into that of a personal one, with the pair having ‘discussions of marriage.’

Legal papers read: ‘Shortly after Plaintiff was approached by Brad Pitt regarding the charitable cause, in addition to the business relationship, a personal relationship began to develop between Kelli Christina and Brad Pitt to a degree that there were discussions of marriage between the two…’

She also claimed she sent the actor, who is worth an estimated $300million (£231m), $40k for Pitt to make five appearances at functions she arranged for his non-profit, claiming he dodged appearing at the last minute, promising he would be there ‘next time’.

The suit states: ‘Brad Pitt’s appearance at the events was key to the events, donations to be made by attendees and was part of the agreement between Plaintiff and Defendants.’

According to a source, however, it’s been alleged Christina has simply fallen victim to an online celebrity scam.

They said: ‘This is a sad case of someone who was the victim of an online celebrity internet scam that had nothing to do with the actual celebrity. Hopefully others can learn from this unfortunate situation.’

In legal papers filed in a motion to dismiss the case, Pitt – who is also going through divorce proceedings with ex-wife Angelina Jolie – denied ever having any communication with healthcare CEO Christina and stated that he never asked her for any payments, nor did he authorise anyone else to do so.

‘Neither the Make It Right Entities nor Mr. Pitt entered into an agreement with Plaintiff. Rather, as [Christina] herself has acknowledged, it appears [Christina’s] communications about any agreement were apparently with one or more individuals unlawfully posing as – but not in any way affiliated with – defendants online,’ it stated.

‘By [Christina’s] own admissions, the communications she now alleges to have had with Mr. Pitt on behalf of the Make It Right Entities, which led to the alleged agreement that forms the basis of her claims, were actually between Plaintiff and one or more individuals posing as, in Plaintiff’s words, ‘fake Brad Pitts” and not in any way affiliated with the Make It Right.’

From 2007 to 2016, Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation spent $26.9m (£20.7m) and built over 100 ‘green’ homes in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, however in 2018 the foundation was sued by two New Orleans residents over what they claim are ‘defective and improperly constructed homes’ constructed.

When contacted by Metro.co.uk Brad Pitt’s reps declined to comment.

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