Angelina Jolie is filing a billion-dollar lawsuit against her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, through her former investment company, Novel. The actress asks for $250 million. According to Page Six, the actor is accused of “seizing control” of the Chateau Miraval winery, purchased by the two in 2008 when they were still together. Pitt reportedly did this in retaliation for the couple’s divorce and custody dispute.
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The actress’ decision is a reaction to a lawsuit brought by the actor’s lawyers, which seeks to reverse the sale of Angelina’s share in the winery to a company in the alcoholic beverage business called Stoli.
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According to court papers, Brad “embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to seize control of Chateau Miraval and appropriate the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own companies and friends. Appointing himself the rightful owner of Chateau Miraval, his twin objectives were to usurp the value of Jolie’s company, Nouvel, and to obtain sole ownership of Chateau Miraval.”
During the process, Angelina even negotiated the sale of the winery with Pitt himself, but he made last-minute demands and the agreement did not materialize. “Pitt’s hubris got the better of him: he made an eleventh-hour demand for onerous and irrelevant conditions, including a provision designed to prohibit Jolie from publicly speaking about the events that had led to the breakdown of their marriage. Pitt knew that much of Jolie’s wealth and liquidity were tied up in [her stake in the winery] and used that fact to try to force Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms”,states the text, according to Page Six.
In October 2021, after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt failed to reach an agreement, the actress decided to sell 50% of the winery to Stoli. The lawsuit, however, says that the actor continues to refuse to work with the new owners. The case has been reverberating in the world media, Brad Pitt has not yet commented on the matter.