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Angelina Jolie’s Former Company Sues Ex-Husband Brad Pitt for $250 Million

Published on September 9th, 2022 | Updated on September 9th, 2022 | By FanFest

The acrimonious dispute between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt over Miraval Vineyards in the South of France has grown rather ugly, with the actress alleging that her ex-husband is seizing control of the firm and wasting its earnings as payback for ending their marriage.

“Ever since his former wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce from him in 2016, Brad Pitt has been waging a vindictive war against her,” according to the countersuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Jolie’s former company, Nouvel.

“Pitt has frozen Nouvel out of Château Miraval and treats it as his personal fiefdom,” the filing says.

The suit alleges that the “Troy” star devoted tens of millions of dollars of the winery’s revenue to personal interests and relocated assets to companies he and friends owned without authorization.

The premiere for “By the Sea” was held in Los Angeles in 2015, with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in attendance. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic via Getty)

Pitt and Jolie, who are both worth an estimated $300 million and $120 million respectively according to Celebrity Net Worth, are two of the richest actors in the world.

The couple, who were once one of the most powerful in Hollywood, paid 25 million euros for Château Miraval together in 2008.

Angelina Jolie's Former Company Sues Ex-Husband Brad Pitt for $250 Million

They married on the 1,800-acre estate with panoramic views of the vines and a private lake in 2014, six years after they met.

Pitt, 58, and Jolie, 47, split in 2016 but have constantly been arguing over custody of their six children – as well as who gets to keep the 17th-century French estate and vineyard that served as a family retreat.

In this photo illustration, the award-winning Miraval rosé is pictured with the Château Miraval winery in the background. (Philippe Laurenson/Reuters)

In a counterclaim, Angelina Jolie’s team responded to a lawsuit filed by Pitt earlier this year, which claimed that she sold her 50% stake in the winery to an alleged Russian oligarch and spirits magnate behind closed doors.

Pitt asked the judge to cancel the sale, saying it was unlawful revenge for an unfavorable custody ruling Jolie received last year, and seek damages.

However, Jolie claims that Pitt schemed to “a so-far-successful plan to seize control of Château Miraval,” which is jointly owned by the actor’s investment company Mondo Bongo and Nouvel.

Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” on Oct. 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Rich Fury/Getty)

However, according to the suit, Jolie had no control over the winery’s operations despite it being her largest investment.

According to court papers, Pitt spent millions on useless projects instead of allocating the funds elsewhere. Some examples of these “Pitt wasted its assets, spending millions on vanity projects, including more than $1 million on swimming pool renovations,” include renovating a swimming pool that cost over one million dollars.

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The filing said that the staircase at the chateau was rebuilt four times because Pitt wasn’t satisfied with the first three tries.

The lavish outlays that were made despite Jolie’s protestations have left the profitable winery barely turning a profit.

On May 31, 2008, photographer Michel Gangne took this aerial view of Château Miraval in southeastern France. This is the same winery where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought property in 2008.

She was willing to sell her shares to her ex-husband, but “Pitt’s hubris got the better of him.” and they never reached a deal.

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He allegedly made a last-minute demand for “onerous and irrelevant conditions,” including a hush agreement that would prevent her from discussing the breakdown of their marriage.

After Pitt ignored her final offer in October 2021, she sold Nouvel to the Stoli Group.

By contrast, Pitt has refused to cooperate with the company or its owner, Yuri Shefler. He believes that the winery’s association with the Russian billionaire is “a massive international liability.”

 

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