Thursday, August 11, 2005

This Is Insane ...

Months ago, I wrote a gushing post about "Extreme Makeover, Home Edition," specifically about an episode featuring the Leomiti family who had welcomed another family's children into their lives after the children lost both their parents within 10 weeks of each other.

The kids are suing the Leomitis and the show.

A excerpt from AP:

"Five Siblings Sue 'Extreme Makeover' Show

Thu Aug 11,12:33 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Five orphaned siblings who received gifts and a new dream home on the hit ABC television show "Extreme Makeover, Home Edition" are suing the network, the company that built the house and the couple who took them in after their parents died.

The lawsuit is rooted in a falling out between the children — who range in age from 15 to 22 — and the couple, Phil and Loki Leomiti. The children ultimately moved out of the Leomitis' home in Santa Fe Springs, a small city southeast of Los Angeles, and are living separately with friends, said Charles Higgins II, the eldest sibling.

Their complaint, which was filed Wednesday, alleges fraud and breach of contract.

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The parents of the Higgins children died 10 weeks apart in the spring of 2004 — the mother of breast cancer and the father of heart failure. The Leomitis, who knew the children from church, took them in to their home in July 2004, according to the lawsuit.

Producers of "Extreme Makeover" learned of the children's plight from a television newscast.

Workers demolished the Leomitis' house in February. Pardee Homes replaced it with a 9-bedroom mansion, and show producers arranged for the siblings to receive cars, groceries, computers, stereos, and other gifts.

Pardee paid off the mortgage on the new house but the Leomitis retained the title, according to the lawsuit.

But around the time that the episode first aired in late March, the Higginses moved out. Their lawsuit alleges that the Leomitis engaged in "an orchestrated campaign" to drive them away by insulting them and treating them poorly.

"We were promised a home," said Charles Higgins II. "They broke that promise."

-- snip --

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages."

Seriously? Seriously?!

So we're supposed to believe that the Leomitis pretended to care about these kids, in the hopes that they'd get publicity and someone would knock down their home and build them a new one, and then they'd systematically do everything they could to drive the kids out of the house and keep it for themselves? My mind will not process that anyone could be that diabolical, and do it on national television, to boot.

I saw this episode. If the Leomitis were acting, they should all win Emmys this year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then how do you account for the children leaving the house? If they had lived with this family for around 2 years, and all of a sudden after a big, new house is built- do you really think they'd want to just up and move out on their own accord? I don't think so. Money does a lot of things to otherwise, normal people.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Agree. The Leomitis are just gold diggers like everyone says. Those kids wouldn't just leave for no reason. The Leomitis must have been abusing them verbally. Its sad. All the Leomitis care about is money. Now they are losing their home because they can't pay for the house anymore because they spent all of the kids money on things for themselves. All this time they were living off the Higgins and and now when the money ran out they lost everything. Its just shows how God punishes the evil people of this world.

5:30 PM  

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