Tyler Perry has donated $100,000 to Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who shot Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly on the night of March 13.
On Sunday, TMZ reported that the media mogul donated two installments of $10K, then $50K, and then another $30K to a GoFundMe that aims to raise funds for Walker’s legal defense.
Perry’s donation was also confirmed by People that day.
The fundraiser was organized in November by Jacob Romines, who identifies himself as “the 22-year-old son of Steve Romines, Kenneth’s attorney in his suit against the LMPD.”
“Donations will go towards Kenneth Walker’s legal expenses in his defense against Mattingly’s lawsuit and related litigation,” the page said, adding that while Walker’s case against the LMPD “falls under a contingency fee arrangement,” his defense against Mattingly’s lawsuit does not, and “Kenny shouldn’t pay a dime for this.”
As of this writing, the page has raised over $105,000.
Back in October, Mattingly filed a lawsuit against Walker for “severe trauma, mental anguish and emotional distress” for the events of March 13.
Per Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at a press conference in September, Walker “fired the shot that hit Sergeant Mattingly” and “admitted that he fired one shot and was the first to shoot.” Cameron also said, “There’s no evidence to support that Sergeant Mattingly was hit by friendly fire from other officers.”
In an interview with “CBS This Morning” in October, Walker explained that he fired his gun because he and Taylor thought they were victims of a home invasion. (Mattingly and fellow cops Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove were executing a search warrant in a drug case connected to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.)
Though Mattingly says otherwise, Walker said he is “a million percent sure” police did not identify themselves that night.
“If it was the police at the door and they just said, ‘We’re the police,’ me or Breonna didn’t have a reason at all not to open the door to see what they wanted,” Walker said in his interview.
Citing FBI ballistics analysis, Cameron also said in his September press conference that Taylor was killed by a fatal shot “fired by Detective Cosgrove.”
Though no murder charges were filed in Taylor’s killing, Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a nearby apartment. He has since pleaded not guilty.