The legal battle between Brad Pitt for his house and Angelina Jolie has heated up, with new documents claiming Pitt stole assets from their co-owned vineyard, Chateau Miraval.
The ongoing legal dispute between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie regarding a French estate and winery they formerly co-owned has reached an elevated level of intensity. Recent court documents have emerged, alleging that Pitt unlawfully appropriated assets from their jointly-owned vineyard, Château Miraval. This legal battle, characterized by divergent claims and emotionally charged undertones, sheds light on a multifaceted tangle of personal and financial disagreements.
In a recent court filing obtained by CNN, Nouvel, Jolie’s former investment company, accuses Pitt and alleged “co-conspirators” of attempting to maintain control of Château Miraval by “stripping” and “plundering” its assets. Nouvel is pursuing damages totaling at least $350 million. The document asserts that Pitt recklessly squandered the company’s assets on frivolous undertakings, including extravagant swimming pool renovations, repeated reconstructions of staircases, and the restoration of a recording studio.
Nouvel Investment Company Accuses Pitt of “Pillaging” and “Depleting” Assets from Château Miraval:
According to the attorneys representing Nouvel, Pitt’s alleged misconduct escalated subsequent to Jolie’s sale of Nouvel in October 2021 to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group under the ownership of Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler. This decision purportedly triggered Pitt’s anger, leading him to behave in a manner described as that of a “petulant child” and to deny Nouvel the status of an equal partner in the business.
In February 2022, Pitt contended that the sale was “unlawful” due to a prior agreement stipulating that neither party would sell without the consent of the other. In response, Jolie filed a countersuit, refuting the existence of any such agreement and stating that she sold her portion of the winery to achieve financial independence and closure for herself and their children.
The legal conflict intensified further when Jolie made allegations of abuse during a 2016 plane flight. Jolie’s legal filing claimed that Pitt had physically assaulted one of their children and struck another, which prompted her decision to file for divorce shortly after the incident. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the allegations but chose not to pursue charges against Pitt.
In response to the recent court filing, a representative for Pitt disputed the details, asserting that while Pitt acknowledges responsibility for his actions, he will not accept responsibility for those he did not commit.
Château Miraval, located in the southern region of France, holds profound sentimental value for the former celebrity couple. They jointly acquired the property in 2008 and have since become embroiled in a legal battle concerning its ownership and management. The escalating conflict and the exchange of accusations highlight the deep divisions and emotional trauma stemming from their separation and subsequent divorce.
Nouvel’s lawsuit against Pitt reveals the intricate nature of their business arrangements and the alleged mishandling of assets. Jolie’s former investment company, through which she possessed a substantial stake in Château Miraval, accuses Pitt of deliberately dissipating millions of dollars on frivolous projects and attempting to divert assets to his other ventures and associates. The complaint cites extravagant expenditures, such as exorbitant pool renovations, repeated reconstructions of staircases, and perpetual restoration of stone walls by Croatian stonemasons.
Jolie’s sale of Nouvel to the spirits business Stoli Group in 2021, owned by Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, purportedly exacerbated Pitt’s hostility. The complaint suggests that Pitt coveted full ownership of the vineyard and was incensed by Jolie’s decision. Jolie offered to sell her stake to Pitt, but negotiations collapsed when Pitt insisted on a nondisclosure agreement preventing Jolie from publicly discussing the events that led to their divorce.
CNN has reached out to representatives representing Pitt for comment on Monday’s filing:
Pitt originally sued Jolie over the sale of the estate and vineyard in February 2022, alleging it “unlawful” because the two had agreed when they bought the property that neither would sell without the other’s approval.
In 2008, the former couple purchased the country house and winery in the south of France.
Brad Pitt’s house counsel characterized Jolie’s sale of her stake in Miraval as “vindictive” in court documents filed last month in response to a “adverse custody ruling.”
Jolie’s attorney, Paul Murphy, reacted in a statement to CNN at the time, highlighting allegations of abuse by Pitt during a 2016 aircraft trip that were part of another court filing by Jolie in the lawsuit last October.
In a response to CNN at the time, a spokesman for Pitt contested details. “Brad has accepted responsibility for what he did but will not accept responsibility for what he did not do,” the spokesman stated.
After the FBI completed its investigation, Pitt was neither detained nor charged in connection with the event. In 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. They were legally divorced in 2019, but a shared custody plan for their minor children has yet to be finalized.
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