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‘In Revenge’ For Their Divorce, Angelina Jolie Claims Brad Pitt Stole Her Winery
‘In Revenge’ For Their Divorce, Angelina Jolie Claims Brad Pitt Stole Her Winery: The dispute between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie over a French winery has gone reactive.
A company founded by Jolie has filed a staggering $250 million lawsuit against her ex-husband, alleging that he and a gang of cronies launched a mischievous campaign to “seize control” of the French winery that they bought together “in retaliation for the divorce and custody proceedings” and to “ensure… Jolie would never see a dime” of its vast profits.
The lawsuit further alleges that Pitt spent over a million dollars on a swimming pool and other “vanity projects” while the company was in the red and that he tried to use Jolie’s large financial stake in the winery to force her to sign a “hush-clause” that would silence her from discussing the circumstances that led to their divorce.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, the couple purchased the 1,300-acre estate in the South of France in 2008 and spent tens of millions of dollars improving it.
It is claimed in the lawsuit that Jolie and Pitt owned 50% of the vineyard through a tangled web of holding companies and that “much of Jolie’s personal fortune” was invested in the business.
According to the report, the couple agreed that the “Maleficent” actress would manage the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and other charity work, while Pitt would be responsible for “oversight of the couple’s investment in Chateau Miraval.”
However, the papers assert (with some bite) that “all was not well,” and that “Pitt acquired a publicly documented alcohol misuse problem” while the winery flourished under their management and received awards.
The article also brings up their 2016 battle on a private plane, writing that Jolie filed for divorce “after a dramatic and highly publicized incident between Pitt, Jolie, and the couple’s children.”
Nouvel, the entity Jolie formed to hold onto her share of the winery she just sold to booze megacorporation Stoli, filed the complaint.
Moreover, “in revenge for the divorce and custody procedures, Pitt went on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to gain control of Chateau Miraval and plunder the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own firms and cronies,” it says.
His two main goals in declaring himself the rightful owner of Chateau Miraval were to increase his own wealth at the expense of Jolie and Nouvel and to acquire full ownership of the property.
It is claimed that after the divorce papers were filed, Pitt simply ran the winery without consulting Jolie, that he “rejected” her when she tried to gain access to more information and control, and that he improperly tried to “block Jolie and Nouvel from obtaining information about or managing Chateau Miraval.”
It also says he “thought up and carried out a scheme to secretly relocate assets from Chateau Miraval… to firms held by him and associates, thereby depreciating Jolie’s interest.”
The suit claims Pitt and Chateau Miraval directors “squandered tens of millions of Chateau Miraval’s money on vanity projects that have little, if any, business justification,” including spending over a million dollars on a swimming pool, and that “at Pitt’s direction, Chateau Miraval also commissioned a single staircase at the chateau to be built and rebuilt a total of four times after he was unhappy with the first three attempts.”
Pitt “directed Chateau Miraval to spend [many] million dollars on repairing stone walls using stone contractors from Croatia,” the report says. This money was used against Jolie and Nouvel’s opposition, it states.
Pitt’s “allies, including Chateau Miraval directors Gary Bradbury, Roland Venturini, and Warren Grant and his business associates, Marc Perrin, Familles Perrin, and Miraval Provence,” are named as complicit parties in the lawsuit. Nouvel has also filed suit against them.
Despite the fact that Jolie was under no obligation to sell Pitt her share of the company, she did so after months of negotiation.
The lawsuit claims that while an agreement was close to be reached, Pitt’s egotism caused him to demand expensive and unnecessary terms, such as a term that would prevent Jolie from discussing the divorce in public.
Pitt attempted to force Jolie into agreeing to his exorbitant requirements by pointing out that she had a significant financial investment in the winery.
After Pitt “ignored Jolie’s final offer to sell her interest in the winery on the identical terms Pitt had suggested but without the hush-clause,” the documents say she sold it to Stoli in October 2021.
According to the complaint, Stoli was willing to help Chateau Miraval by utilizing its distribution network and expertise, but “unwilling to share ownership, Pitt refused to cooperate with [Stoli] as an equal partner.”
For months, the two have been engaged in court battles over the property. This new document is a countersuit in response to previous legal pleadings submitted by Pitt’s legal team.
In their third year of dating, the couple finally made the plunge and bought a house together. In 2014, they married in a chapel on its grounds.
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