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Berry sues over $2m mansion
Halle Berry
Berry says the problems include "geological defects"
Actress Halle Berry is suing the couple who sold her a $2m (1.25m) mansion saying she was not told the site needed huge repairs.

Oscar-winner Berry, 36, filed the action in Los Angeles on Thursday, saying the site "turned out to contain major undisclosed defects that would require over $1m in corrective measures".

The previous owners of the Beverly Hills home, Jonathan and Alison Roth, had earlier filed a pre-emptive suit claiming the actress bought the property knowing its condition.

Berry said she and her husband Eric Benet had found about the mansion's problems only after they had bought the house in 2001.

These included "geological defects" that would have to be corrected before a new house could be built on the site.


Berry also said the Roths had been warned she might sue them, for fraud and breach of contract, and that they had filed their own suit the day after she rejected a cash settlement.

"I'm shocked that I would get sued for buying property when the property that was sold to me is now going to require extensive corrective measures... I had not been told would be required at the time I purchased the property," Berry said in a statement.

Berry's lawyer, Martin Singer, dismissed the Roths' suit as "frivolous and without merit. They filed their lawsuit as a tactical manoeuvre because they were aware they were going to get sued," he said.

But the Roths' lawyer alleged Berry was aware the residence was being sold "as is" and that she was given 30 days to inspect the property.

"Ms Berry, her experts and her lawyers knew full well what they were buying and what they were doing," he said.

Berry, who recently starred in the James Bond film Die Another Day, is one of the biggest female stars in Hollywood.

She won a best actress Oscar in 2002 for her role in death-row drama Monster's Ball.

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