The War of the Roses between the former dream couple is raging around the Château Miraval. There the couple married. Pitt now claims Jolie sold her share of the chateau and winery to a shady Russian billionaire just to hurt him.
In 2008, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were still in love. At that time, the two bought a majority stake in Château Miraval, a country estate and winery in southern France, through their own companies. They married there in 2014 and also spent several vacations on the property. Apparently, there are too many romantic memories for Jolie, she sold her shares – not to Brad Pitt, but to an unknown person.
Pitt does not want to accept this sale, he is contesting it legally. Files that his legal team have now filed with Los Angeles County Superior Court show his strategy. Pitt claims the couple agreed never to sell their respective stakes in the family business without the other’s consent. The 58-year-old actor further claims that Jolie, 47, intentionally wanted to “harm” him by selling her shares.
Pitt’s pet project
His work has made Miraval “a multi-million dollar global company and one of the world’s most respected rosé wine producers,” while Jolie has “did nothing to contribute to Miraval’s success.” The lawyers also write that Jolie wanted to sell her stake in Tenute del Mondo in October. A company “indirectly owned and controlled by Yuri Shefler,” a Russian billionaire. “Jolie secretly pursued and went through with the alleged sale, intentionally leaving Pitt in the dark and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights.” , according to the complaint.
At the heart of the lawsuit is the allegation that Jolie’s company gave Nouvel Pitt’s company Mondo Bongo a right of first refusal and that the sale to a third party violated that right. But apparently there is no fixed contractual clause. Pitt is suing for breach of an implied contract.
Murderous business tactics
The second pillar of the lawsuit is that the Shefler person is damaging the business. He is accused in the lawsuit of using “murderous business tactics” and cultivating “dubious professional connections”. These words are intended to prove that the sale is not only illegal because of the right of first refusal, but also as a deliberate damage to the business. Shefler would jeopardize the reputation of the brand that Pitt “built so diligently.”
Jolie previously had trouble selling her shares due to the ongoing divorce. In July, she asked a California court to approve the sale, though divorce proceedings were pending, but the deal was granted in September.
In the current trial, Pitt’s attorneys are trying to enforce a jury trial.