Filmmaker Tyler Perry's in the giving spirit again.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, the "Madea" creator made four separate contributions to a GoFundMe established as a legal defense fund for Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of late ER technician, Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot and killed by white police in her Louisville, Kentucky, home during a botched raid in March.
Walker is being sued by Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the shooting, in a counterclaim to the suit Walker filed against the police department and local government. Mattingly claims he was struck in the thigh by the warning shot Walker fired as the officers barged in on a "no-knock warrant."
Walker's attorney, Steve Romines, has maintained Mattingly was more likely injured by one of the 32 shots fired by police, according to an October report from CNN. In his initial lawsuit against the police department and local government, Walker sought immunity from charges related to Mattingly's injury, citing Kentucky's "stand your ground" law for residents who, like Walker, are permitted to carry and use firearms in self-defense. Walker and neighbors who were home during the shooting have repeatedly said police never announced themselves before entering the home, allegedly to look for evidence Taylor's ex used her address to transport drugs.
Screenshots from Walker's GoFundMe published by TMZ on Sunday show Perry donated $10,000 twice within a matter of minutes to the fund. A few minutes later, he donated another $50,000, followed by a fourth donation of $30,000.
According to the website's sources, Perry started funneling money into the GoFundMe after it stalled in earnings at just under $10,000. The producer's contributions kicked it above the $100,000 goal. As of Sunday afternoon, Walker's defense fund was up to $100,970.
Perry's charitable giving streak has been a trend over the course of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing protests against systemic racism and police brutality this year. Over the summer, the producer offered to pay for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer after resisting arrest when the officer found him sleeping in his car in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta.
Perry later sent 1,000 gift cards for the Atlanta grocery store Kroger to local police, asking them to visit neighbors door-to-door and give the cards away in the interest of forging healthier connections between police and residents in his hometown.
Earlier in the year, he picked up the tab for elderly grocery shoppers in both Atlanta and New Orleans, where he was born.
Perry also reportedly put up Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at his mansion in Los Angeles when they relocated to California and covered the rent for former Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz and his family after he was fired because of a cheating scandal.