Mitch Albom, charity sued over Haiti orphanage

Associated Press Modified: September 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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Scheible said, however, that the foundation's financial statements and tax returns are posted online. Chad Audi, director of the A Hole in the Roof Foundation, said in a statement that the lawsuit is "without merit."

"Our lone focus is the children who benefit from the medical, nutritional, educational and spiritual assistance we help provide in a safe and nurturing environment," Audi said. "The fact Mitch Albom is mentioned specifically in the lawsuit is an attempt at publicity and public embarrassment."

The earthquake killed hundreds of Haitians and damaged hundreds of buildings in Port-au-Prince and in other cities to the south. The orphanage reportedly wasn't damaged in the earthquake, but was described as being in poor condition at the time.

Albom has written several books, including the 1997 best-seller "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Time Keeper," published this month. He hosts a talk show on Detroit radio station WJR-AM and appears on ESPN's "Sports Reporters" and "SportsCenter" shows.