A contractor this week sued the wife and one of the daughters of Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier for the allegedly unpaid balance of more than $60,000 for construction work done on a Los Angeles home.
David Tuggey, who does business as Tuggey Construction, brought the breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Poitier’s 74- year-old spouse, Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian former actress, and the couple’s daughter, Anika Poitier. Also named are Laura Lizer and Leandro Di Monriva, the business manager and live-in companion, respectively, of Anika Poitier, a 45-year-old director and actress.
A representative for the defendants could not be immediately reached for comment on the suit, which seeks $63,675 in damages.
Anika Poitier contracted with Tuggey to perform repairs and remodeling of her home in September 2016, according to the plaintiff. In a meeting in August 2017 at Lizer’s office, Shimkus said she would pay the balance due under the contract, the suit alleges.
The defendants hired another contractor and did not pay the balance owed, according to the complaint, which also alleges they prevented Tuggey from finishing his work without notice and that Di Monriva sent emails to other clients of Tuggey that contained “false and defamatory statements.”