Parents of Man Who Drowned in Demi Moore's Swimming Pool Suggest Death Was Not an Accident in New Lawsuit
The parents of Edenilson Valle claim it is unlikely that their son entered the pool voluntarily, according to the lawsuit
The parents of the 21-year-old man who drowned in a swimming pool during a 2015 party at Demi Moore‘s home are suing the hosts of the soirée, alleging that the man’s death may not have been accidental, PEOPLE confirms.
The parents of Edenilson Valle filed the wrongful-death suit against Bessy Wong and Lenny Hernandez on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that their son “announced” to the partygoers that he could not swim. Thus, the suit claims, he would not have entered the pool voluntarily, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Valle’s parents, Jorge and Maria Valle, are also suing the Tree House Trust that owns the home. Moore has not been named in the lawsuit.
Wong declined to comment to PEOPLE.
The family is seeking damages of more than $25,000, alleging that the party hosts contributed to an already “dangerous environment” by serving alcohol.
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Valle’s body was found in the pool on July 19, 2015. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told PEOPLE at the time that Valle was attending a small gathering of five or six people.
Authorities did not suspect foul play in the incident and determined the death to be accidental.
Moore was out of town when the party took place and authorities said that none of Moore’s relatives were present when the body was found.
The actress later expressed her grief in a statement to PEOPLE, saying that she was “in absolute shock” over the tragedy.
“I was out of the country traveling to meet my daughters for a birthday celebration when I got this devastating news,” she said. “The loss of a child is an unthinkable tragedy, and my heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends.”
The lawsuit alleges that Valle was not warned about the “abundant dangerous conditions at the premises,” including the pool — which the suit claims was 9 to 10 feet deep.