Haiti orphanage operators say Albom broke promises

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Operators of a Haiti orphanage are suing journalist Mitch Albom and one of his charities, claiming the best-selling author broke promises it says he made to help the orphanage after the January 2010 earthquake that rocked Caribbean country.

The Caring and Sharing Mission charity and its Inkster, Mich., founder, the Rev. John Hearn, filed a lawsuit in a Pontiac court this week claiming the Detroit Free Press columnist and his A Hole in the Roof Foundation broke the terms of an operating agreement they entered into with the Port-au-Prince mission after the quake.

The lawsuit seeks $2.5 million in damages.

Lawyer Eric Scheible, speaking on behalf of Albom and his charity, described the lawsuit as an extortion attempt.

Albom has written several books, including the 1997 best-seller "Tuesdays with Morrie."