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Suit: Tom Hanks' Wife Rita Flips Out on the Stand

12/21/2007 4:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Usually one of the nicest gals in Hollywood, Tom Hanks' wife, actress/producer Rita Wilson allegedly flipped out on the stand at an arbitration hearing, after they allegedly refused to pay an Idaho contractor. Now that same contractor claims the A-list couple is out to get them.
Tom and Rita
According to the lawsuit, filed in a Blaine County, Id. District Court, the couple hired Storey Construction in 2001 to build a luxe house for them in Sun Valley. In July 2002, the home was finished and Hanks and Wilson moved in. In the suit, Storey alleges they were not paid for the work they did. The contractor claims that after repeated requests to be paid, they were forced to take out a lien on the home, and took Hanks and his wife to arbitration in 2003.

That's where it gets interesting.

At the arbitration, Hanks and Wilson filed a counter-claim, alleging that the work was shoddy and demanded $800,000 in damages. Then, at the arbitration hearing, the documents describe what Storey calls "Rita Wilson's bizarre conduct." She "leaped from the witness stand," the lawsuit states, "and started screaming hysterically. Rita Wilson then stormed out of the hearing room." The lawsuit states that after the arbitration, Wilson and Hanks were denied their counter claim, and Storey was awarded close to 100 percent of the total amount sought in the arbitration.

This suit says Storey construction was paid in full in 2004 and had no contact with Hanks and Wilson, until suddenly they received a demand for arbitration from the couple in November of this year, claiming Storey owed them $2.5 million in damages because the construction was bad.

Storey says this demand is "motivated by revenge." The suit asks a judge to award Storey damages, and to deny the couple's request for another round of arbitration.

Calls to reps for Tom and Rita were not immediately returned.

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First #1

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu*k Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

2438 days ago


Whats with these looooooooooooong draged out coments. Your putting half of us to sleep. Go write a book....

2438 days ago


This looks like things got personal between the Hanks and this company that we are not hearing about. There is more to this story than what we are reading here. Sounds like a history of issues between both parties. That's the only thing that make sense to me.

ooooooohhh the Rich. What a nice problem to have.....

2438 days ago

Boo Hoo    

Here's a snippet from the Ketchum newspaper Feb. 2004. "A Ketchum contractor has been granted a substantial award from a trust of renowned actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson through arbitration linked to an alleged construction debt in excess of $1 million."
Tom and Rita already lost one lawsuit. I find it hard to believe that many years later they still have a problem with Storey Contruction. Rita must still be pissed because she had to pay Storey for money owed. I hope he charged her plenty of interest.
They should stay in L.A. or move to Aspen. We really don't care about them or where they live in Ketchum.

2437 days ago


Poor Tom and Rita lol When you contract a home builder to build you a house you have to PAY the contractor. Also you have to walk through it before you move in in order to INSPECT the house and create a punch list, item that do not meet your approval and need fixed or replaced. If you sign and move in you can't cry later. It couls not be a "shoddy" as they say as Cail building codes are High and it had to be inspected before they moved in.

2436 days ago


Oh Booo Hoooo!!! You do NOT move into a home that does not meet the construction standards or the blue print specs you approved. You meet with the contractor and go over the home and all construction and you approve it before you pay them and before you move in. WHY does anyone need that large of a house and all the crap with it? Why not move to Idaho and buy one of the homes that are already for sale then live a simple life and enjoy what Idaho offers. Leave your tennis courts, swimming pools and other outlandish livestyles somewhere else and learn to climb a hill, hike up a mountain, build your own sledding hill out in the woods or even build a snowman and in the summer do the same thing, just without the snow. Geez, teach your kids to use their imigination instead of providing them with a castle. I wish the "stars" would stay in L.A. Leave Idaho alone.

2436 days ago


girlfriend, post #16 chacha, i HIGHLY doubt tom hanks would sleep with you or anyone who could throw away his image in a second, if he WERE to cheat im sure it would be with a co-star or someone important that wouldnt want there family or image slashed as well. thank youuuu

2363 days ago

Just a thought    

First #1

2442 days ago


Contractor is probably a CROOK! Look at the contractor suing a homeowner for the money that he found in THEIR wall while doing construction work! He is claiming "finders-keepers"! I am not joking.......

2442 days ago


I think she's a Mama Bear you don't want to mess with.

2442 days ago

As TZM's herv might say - THEY ARE BROKE

Harv is a card

Comments the the puupy in the window

Have a great christmas kwqanza , or what ever holiday suits you.

2442 days ago

j m    

HAHA a real life "Money Pit"

2442 days ago


2442 days ago

Shitney, please drop of the face of the planet.    

Tom Hanks BROKE??? you gotta be kidding, right?

2442 days ago

I said herv might say - THey are broke

Read what i write - I spun it like herv does

Thanks for the comments

Herv has ordered many flowers today

2442 days ago
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