Rapper Snoop Dogg is the latest celebrity to donate to a 93-year-old woman’s fight to stay on her family’s land in South Carolina.
Josephine Wright is allegedly being sued by developers Bailey Point Investment Group who claim she is encroaching on a piece of land they are trying to develop in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
One of Ms Wright’s 40 granddaughters, Charise Graves, started a GoFundMe to help the older woman go up against the developers and the widely-loved rapper donated $10,000USD to help Ms Wright keep the land she said has been in her family since the Civil War.
The rapper took to Instagram to show his solidarity, writing “Josephine Wright we stand with u !!”
In a statement to CNN, Snoop said he donated the money through his music label, Death Row Records, “from the heart”.
NBA star Kyrie Irving has also added $40,000USD to the flight and actor/director Tyler Perry posted about her on his Instagram account, writing, “please tell where to show up and what you need to help you fight.”
Ms Wright’s GoFundMe has already raised $276,613 at the time of writing.
Ms Graves said on the fundraising page that her grandmother is a resilient woman who has a deep historical connection to her home.
A thank you message from Ms Wright to all her donors and supporters.
“This land has been in our family since the end of the Civil War and she has poured her heart and soul into maintaining the property for herself and her family to enjoy for generations to come,” she said.
Bailey Point Investment alleges the 93-year-old has “various personal property and improvements’ that are encroaching on their property including a satellite near the defendant’s” property, a shed, and a screened porch on the existing residence.
The lawsuit was filed in February 2023 in Beaufort County Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, seeking ‘monetary and equitable relief’. Ms Wright filed a countersuit alleging a “constant barrage of tactics of intimidation, harassment, trespass, to include this litigation in an effort to force her to sell her property.”
“I’m hoping that the outcome is this: That these people will leave us alone and let me keep my property for the sanctuary of my family… to have a peace of mind and piece of my property,” Ms Wright told USA Today.
Bailey Point Investment acquired the land back in 2014 and plans to create 147 homes in a huge subdivision and allegedly tried to buy Ms Wright’s home for $39,000.