Brooklyn Contractor: Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber Owe $30K
What a buzzkill! A day after Naomi Watts presented an Academy Award and her "Birdman" won Best Picture, the actress and her longterm partner Liev Schreiber reportedly were hit with a lawsuit from a Brooklyn contractor claiming they owe him almost $30,000.
In a suit filed in Manhattan, contractor John Kemp reportedly says Watts and Schreiber owe him for demolition and renovation work he did in 2012 on their Tribeca co-op loft on Washington Street. The suit says that Kemp stopped working when the celebrity couple's project manager stopped paying him in 2013.
"I had to leave the job because it wasn't paying and he was making up a whole bunch of stories," Kemp, 67, told the New York Post.
Eventually, Watts sent Kemp a text message asking when he would resume work.
Kemp, blaming the project manager, told the Post that it's possible that Watts and Schreiber didn't know they owed him money. "They are unfortunately a party to this just because it's their place," he told the Post.
The couple, who have two young sons, reportedly bought the 4,315-square-foot co-op for $3.95 million in 2012. Watts, who won a 2012 Oscar for Best Actress in "The Impossible," appeared in "Birdman," which was named Best Picture during Sunday's Academy Awards. Schreiber is best known for playing the title role in TV's "Ray Donovan."
Neither Kemp nor Steve Warren, Watts' attorney, could be reached for comment.