It’s not all sunshine and rosé. The last declaration Brad Pittongoing lawsuit against Angelina Jolie regarding their winery, Pitt’s lawyers have accused the Oscar winner of contributing “nothing” to the brand and intentionally harming the company.
In 2008, prior to their 2014 marriage, the A-list stars bought a majority stake in Miraval, a French company with an estate and vineyard in the south of France.
“Pitt and Jolie bought the chateau as a home to share with their children and the vineyard as a family business,” the June 3 filing states. “They agreed that they would never sell their respective interests in Miraval without the other’s consent. The couple spent the holidays in Miraval with their children and got married there in 2014.”
The Ocean’s Eleven star, 58, began dating Jolie, 46, in 2005 after starring in the spy thriller together Mr and Mrs Smith† In 2019, the former couple were both declared unmarried three years after filing for divorce. The exes share Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 13.
The lawsuit alleges that the Once upon a time in… Hollywood actor helped make Miraval a “million dollar global venture and one of the world’s most highly regarded rosé wine producers” without any help from the Maleficent star.
“Jolie, meanwhile, has contributed nothing to Miraval’s success,” said Pitt’s attorneys. “Instead, she allowed Pitt to pump money and sweat equity into the business based on the right of consent she owed him and a right of first refusal that her business entity owed his.”
In October 2021, Jolie sold her stake in Miraval to Tenute del Mondo, a company described in the lawsuit as “a hostile outside competitor bent on taking control of Miraval” and which is “indirectly owned and controlled by means of Yuri Shefler”, a Russian billionaire, and she supposedly kept the deal a secret from her ex.
The filing claims, “The alleged sale was Jolie seeking to harm Pitt. Jolie knew and intended that Shefler and his affiliates would try to control the company Pitt had built and undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.”
since the Eternals The actress’ share in Miraval was sold, the buyer has “launched a hostile takeover”, reportedly destabilizing the company and tarnishing the brand’s reputation by associating it with Shefler.
“All of this is the direct result of Jolie’s unlawful and tortious conduct,” Pitt’s attorneys write. “In violation of the parties’ agreement, Jolie has attempted to force Pitt into a partnership with a stranger, and worse, a stranger with toxic associations and intentions.”
The lawsuit calls for a jury trial.
We Weekly reported in February that the fight club actor tried to buy Jolie’s stake in the company. One source stated solely that the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider actress “made negotiations difficult and was not fair.”
The insider said Pitt was “blindsided” when he learned that Jolie had allegedly sold her share of the winery last fall without his knowledge.
“He assumed they would figure it out because she knows how important the winery is to him,” the insider said. The Kung Fu Panda actress sold it “out of the blue”, leaving Pitt “devastated”.
Another source added: “She knew he wanted it and sold it to get it back.”
Pitt has filed a lawsuit against the Girl, interrupted star in September 2021, accusing her of trying to pull him out of a lucrative sale of Château Miraval shares. The following month, a press release confirmed that Jolie had sold her interest in the estate and winery.
The company is not the only legal battle they are waging. Pitt and Jolie are still working on custody details, more than three years after a judge declared them legally single.
“It’s very clear to him that Angie has gone out of her way to slow down and slow down the process,” a source told exclusively. U.S earlier this month. “All he can do is work with his legal team and file the paperwork while he responds to her claims. Month after month goes by with one piece of bureaucracy after another, endless hoops jumping and bickering between their lawyers with no solution.”
Pitt found his French estate a breath of fresh air amid the “endless” legal war with Jolie. “He loves that place and in many ways sees it as his spiritual home. He can be alone or relax with friends,” explains the source.