Diane Stretton, who was fired by the California family that hired her but refuses to leave their home, is tired of all the drama. She told her ex-employer/begrudging landlord's lawyer that she is going move out, but only after the media attention dies down and it's less hot outside, OK?
In an email Stretton sent to the Bracamonte family's lawyer, she explained that she has attempted to move out, but she hasn't be able to because there are "always a bunch of news vehicles right in front of the house." Before she can leave, "the media needs to be completely gone," she explains. "If the media stays away, I will be out by the 4th of July. But that depends on the circus not continuing."
She's also waiting for it to cool down outside: "The temperature over the next 5 days is expected to be near 100 degrees. I can't work in that kind of heat," she wrote.
Seems reasonable. Moving is an unpleasant, exhaustive experience. Who needs a bunch of reporters sticking microphones in your face and the sun beating down on you when you're carrying boxes and lifting furniture and schlepping your baubles to a moving truck?
"I don't believe her. She is going to show up when I am not here with a bunch of food and water and she will barricade herself in her room," Marcella Bracamonte—who hired, fired, and now houses Stetton—told ABC News. "I want her to leave by tomorrow, Tuesday 4 p.m. I am not going to play games with this lady."
Good! Because Stretton doesn't play around, either. According to ABC News, this is not her first showdown:
During Stretton's standoff with the Bracamontes, her litigious past has emerged. She has a long history with litigation and is listed on California's Vexatious Litigant List, which includes people who have been found to bring legal action that is frivolous or repetitive.
The majority of the lawsuits were directed at her own family members, particularly her two sisters. According to documents, Stretton tried to block her sisters from selling family property.
Last year, Stretton even sued her son, Michael, according to court records, and a car rental agency for property damage and personal injury in connection with a motor vehicle accident.
Court documents show that when Stretton's father, John Richardson, died in 2000, his will included Stretton's two sisters, Donna Tobey and Sharon Freeburn. Richardson "specifically and expressly omitted Stretton," according to court documents.Stretton has not returned calls from ABC News.
Given her track record, smart money's on Stretton.