Brad Pitt sues $300 million in wine war with Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s battle over a French winery has gone from obnoxious to nuclear.

A company founded by Jolie has filed a staggering $250 million lawsuit against her ex-husband claiming that he and a gang of confidants launched a deceptive campaign to “take control” of the French winery they bought as a married couple “in retaliation for their divorce and custody proceedings” and “guarantee… Jolie will never see cents” of its huge profits.

The lawsuit also alleges that Pitt attempted to use Jolie’s large financial stake in the winery to force her to sign a “silence clause” that would silence her from the discussion. Circumstances This led to their divorce and that Pitt squandered millions of company money on “vanity projects,” including over a million dollars on a pool.

Court papers filed Tuesday in Los Angeles claimed that after the couple purchased the 1,300-acre property in southern France in 2008, they together invested tens of millions of dollars to improve it.

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Brad Pitt is being sued for $250 million in his bitter fight with ex-wife Angelina Jolie over the Chateau Miraval winery they bought as a married couple.
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The lawsuit says that both Jolie and Pitt owned 50% through a complex network of holding companies, and that “much of Jolie’s personal fortune” was tied up in the winery.

She says the couple agreed that the “Malificent” actress would oversee their humanitarian projects, including the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, while “the oversight of the couple’s investment in Chateau Miraval is left in Pitt’s hands.”

Angelina Jolie appears on the red carpet.
A company founded by Jolie alleges that Pitt tried to take the wine from her in retaliation for his divorce.

Surprisingly, the papers claim that while the winery won prizes and became a very valuable asset under its ownership “not all was well,” adding, “Pete developed a publicly recognized problem of alcohol abuse.”

It also shovels Infamous battle in a private trip In 2016, saying that “after a serious and internationally publicized incident between Pitt and Jolie and the couple’s children, Jolie filed for divorce.”

The lawsuit was filed by Nouvel, the company Jolie founded to keep her stake in the winery, which she recently sold to alcoholic giant Stoli.

She adds, “In response to divorce and custody proceedings, Pete embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to take control of Chateau Miraval and allocate the company’s assets to his benefit and the interests of his companies and friends. After appointing himself the rightful owner of Chateau Miraval, his dual goals were to usurp the value of Jolie, Nouvel’s company, and obtain On the sole property of Chateau Miraval”.

The papers claim that after filing for divorce, Pete operated the winery without consulting Julie, and that when she tried to obtain information and more control, he “rejected” her, and that he improperly attempted to “prevent Julie and Nouvel from obtaining information about or running Château Maraval” .

The Chateau Miraval estate in southern France includes hundreds of acres of vineyards.
The lawsuit alleges that Pete spent millions of dollars on “vanity projects” on the property they purchased in 2008.
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It also alleges that he “orchestrated and executed a plan to secretly transfer assets from Château Miraval… to businesses owned by him and his friends, thus devaluing Jolie’s interest.”

The lawsuit also alleges that since the divorce, the managers of Pitt and Chateau Miraval “have squandered tens of millions of Chateau Miraval funds on vanity projects that have little, if any, commercial justification” including more than $1 million on a swimming pool, and that, ” At Pete’s direction, Château Miraval also ordered one staircase to be built in the château and to rebuild it four times after being unhappy with the first three attempts.”

She alleges that Pete also “caused the spending of Chateau Maraval.” [several million dollars] The reconstruction of stone walls using stone masons from Croatia.

“This money was spent on Julie and Nouvel’s interception,” she says.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie appear together at an event.
The couple married on the property in 2014, but Jolie filed for divorce two years later.
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The lawsuit alleges that Pete was assisted in the alleged hoax “by his allies, including Chateau Miraval directors Gary Bradbury, Roland Venturini, Warren Grant, and his business partners, Marc Perrin, Families Perrin and Miraval Provence.” Novell is suing them, too.

Even though Julie was not obligated to sell [her stake] For Pete, she nonetheless offered to sell her interest to him and negotiated with him for several months. The suit claims he’s on the cusp of a deal, “I overcame Pete’s arrogance: at the eleventh hour he demanded onerous and irrelevant terms, including a clause designed to prevent Jolie from speaking publicly about the events that led to the breakdown of their marriage. He knew Pete that much of Jolie’s wealth and cash was tied up [her stake in the winery] And she used that fact to try to force Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms.”

Newspapers say that in October 2021 “after Pitt had ignored Jolie’s latest offer to sell her interest in the winery on the same terms that Pitt had proposed but without the silence clause” she sold it to Stolley instead.

The lawsuit says Stoly was willing to put her expertise and distribution network to work at Chateau Miraval, but “unwilling to share control, Pete refused to work with [Stoli] As an equal partner. “

The pair is locked in different Legal skirmishes On the property for several months. This latest filing is a counterclaim against papers filed by Pete’s attorneys.

The couple bought the estate three years after they started dating. They married in a chapel on her property in 2014.

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