Actress Teri Polo at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards. Photo by Greg Hernandez [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Actress Teri Polo at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards. Photo by Greg Hernandez [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
An attorney has dropped a lawsuit alleging that actress Teri Polo caused nearly $10,000 damage to a home he rented to her, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

Edwin McPherson filed court papers Dec. 30 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White asking that his case against Polo be dismissed. The request for dismissal was filed “without prejudice,” meaning the legal action can be resumed later.

A hold had been placed on the lawsuit after Polo filed for bankruptcy in June 2014.

McPherson, an attorney who represents many celebrities, sued Polo in February 2014. He alleged that the actress, now 46, signed an agreement to rent a single-family home in Manhattan Beach from him in February 2011. The lease term was to end in May 2013, according to the complaint.

Polo stopped paying her $6,500 monthly rent in July 2012 and a month later abandoned the home, leaving it in a “disgusting, deplorable condition,” the suit alleged.

Polo’s eight pets ruined brand new carpets in the home by urinating on them, according to the plaintiff.

“Polo left the sole walkway on the west side of the premises covered with dog feces, the odor of which permeated the premises and the neighborhood, to the extent that neighbors could smell the odor of feces in their own yards and homes,” the suit stated.

McPherson also alleged that Polo left numerous holes in wall, broke a closet mirror and removed many new blinds installed for her, and says he spent nearly $10,000 fixing the damage.

His lawsuit sought more than $30,000, plus interest.

Polo played the role of Pam Focker in “Meet the Parents” and its sequels, “Meet the Fockers” and “Little Fockers.” She currently stars in “The Fosters” on the ABC Family network.

—City News Service

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