A Los Angeles woman who rented a Starwood vacation home allegedly used for the purpose of filming YouTube videos that feature actor Jake Paul and others committing wanton acts of hooliganism is being sued in Pitkin County District Court.
The woman, Krista Burditt, is described in the lawsuit as a brand developer and talent manager. In January, the suit claims, she entered into an agreement to lease the home at 876 South Starwood strictly for residential purposes. Instead, the suit suggests, the property was used to make social-media videos of the occupants trashing the house and running roughshod over the high-end neighborhood.
According to the suit, Burditt paid $61,148, plus additional fees for cleaning and a security deposit, to lease the property. Pitkin County Assessor’s Office records show the 13,548-square-foot residence has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The suit does not describe the length of the lease.
Burditt is the only defendant listed in the suit. She is said to be an agent for Team 10, a group that produces social-media posts and videos for YouTube and other websites. At the time the rental agreement was made with the plaintiff, Isabelle Freidheim, Burditt purported that the lease was for her personal, residential use, the suit states.
“Upon information and belief, defendant actually leased the property to further commercial endeavors of Team 10 and its individual members,” the suit says. “…Defendant leased the property so Team 10 and its individual members could document the 21st birthday of an individual member, Jake Paul.”
Under the agreement, Burditt and anyone else staying at the residence were prohibited from using the house “for any disorderly conduct and any excessive or unreasonable noise or nuisance,” according to the suit.
Burditt allowed the unruly conduct, the lawsuit says, which included driving vehicles at excessive speeds on the property and throughout the neighborhood; driving vehicles on the property’s lawn, neighbors’ lawns and protected open fields; driving off-road vehicles on the property’s tennis court, other areas of the property and throughout the neighborhood; putting individuals on sleds throughout the neighborhood; and using microphones and sound systems at excessive noise levels.
“Defendant also allowed Team 10 to abuse the property by throwing and breaking dishes against windows and walls,” the lawsuit states. “Defendant and Team 10 recorded their actions and posted videos of their actions on YouTube and other social-media sites.”
In addition, the suit contends, Burditt allowed more than eight adults and four children to occupy the house, an occupancy level that exceeded the lease terms. A photo posted to Burditt’s Instagram account shows Paul and 18 members of the Team 10 squad posing on Aspen Mountain on Jan. 22.
The property is subject to protective convenants for the Starwood subdivision and also other governing documents of the Starwood Home Owners Association. Under the covenants, the property may not be used for commercial purposes or for “noxious activities,” or for any purpose that constitutes a nuisance to the other owners within the association.
The association may require the property owner to forfeit rent or other compensation collected from the lease, the lawsuit says. “As a result of defendant’s and Team 10’s violation of the covenants, the association exercised its rights under the covenants and required plaintiff to forfeit all rent received in connection with the agreement,” the lawsuit says.
The suit seeks relief in the form of a court order relinquishing all the defendant’s profits relating to the breach of contract to the plaintiff, as well as awards for damages and attorney fees.
Burditt did not return messages left on her social-media page or via Team 10’s email account.
According to the suit, the videos have been viewed “millions of times” on YouTube and other websites.