Dez Bryant has been tackled with lawsuit over an allegedly trashed home that the star receiver rented from a senator. According to court documents, Bryant left trash, debris, and even feces in the rental mansion when he moved out.
Court documents reveal that Bryant rented the 6,400-square-foot luxury home from Royce West, a Texas state senator, and lived there between 2013 and 2016. The suit alleges that Bryant broke the lease agreement by failing to leave the rental property “in the same condition in which he received it.”
When the home was vacated in February 2016, the suit alleges that it was in a tremendous state of disrepair. West claims that the home was trashed to such a degree that it required more than $60,000 worth of repairs. The home was allegedly, “littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting.”
West also claims that the Cowboys’ star receiver left “distinct and pervasive odors throughout” the trashed home.
Some of the repairs required to return the trashed home to a livable condition included removal of trash from the interior and exterior, repairs to both the interior of the home and the landscaping, and extensive cleaning to “clear the residence of the distinct odors.”
West claims that the repairs to his rental home added up to a total of $61,546.77, but he is seeking between $100,000 and $200,000 to cover the costs of those repairs, lawyer’s fees, and other costs. Since he has been unable to rent out the trashed home since it was vacated in February, he has lost more than $12,000 in rental income in addition to the ongoing cost of repairs.
According to the lease agreement, Bryant was not allowed to have pets in the rental home without prior written consent. However, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, Dez acquired a baby monkey last year while he was living in the DeSoto, TX, mansion.
Although Bryant’s attorneys advised the local police at that time that the monkey was not present in the city, the presence of a monkey in the trashed home could explain the feces that West discovered during his walk-through in February.
According to court documents, West attempted to collect payment for the repairs several times prior to filing a lawsuit. He alleges that his former tenant failed to respond to initial requests, and then Bryant’s lawyer threatened to “file a separate and unrelated lawsuit” should West continue attempting to collect payment under the terms of the lease.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, West served as both a mentor and lawyer for Bryant, when Cowboys management established a team of respected local citizens to keep their star receiver out of trouble.
“We want to put people around him who don’t need anything from him,” one Cowboys employee said of the decision to provide Bryant with a team of mentors.
West may have not needed anything from Bryant at the time, but court documents show that he now requires “monetary relief of over $100,000 but not more than $200,000” to cover the costs of fixing his allegedly trashed home.
Bryant appears to be more concerned with training camp and puppies than any lawsuit, but court documents show that the suit does request the star be “cited to appear” in court.
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Do you believe the allegations that Dez Bryant trashed the home he rented from a state senator, and should he be required to pay up to $200,000 for allegedly breaking the terms of his lease, trashing the house, and even leaving monkey feces behind?
[Photo via Dallas County Court Records]