The feud between celebrities Pitt and Jolie has taken a dark turn. The actor has accused the Maleficent star of attempting to harm him by surreptitiously selling her part in his French vineyard to a “Russian billionaire” with “poisonous intents.”
Celebrity actor Brad Pitt claims that his ex-wife Angelina Jolie sought to “inflict harm on” him by selling her stake in their winery to a competitor investor.
Pitt has filed court filings in Los Angeles County Superior Court, as first reported by DailyMail.com, as part of a long-running legal dispute between the couple over Chateau Miraval, located in south-east France, which the couple acquired in 2008 before their marriage in 2014.
Jolie was granted permission to sell her part in 2021 for $164 million (£131.2 million) after the pair divorced in 2019. Pitt, on the other hand, filed a lawsuit to keep a majority stake in the firm that owns the estate.
The actor Pitt claims Jolie is selling her stake to Tenute del Mondo, a winery indirectly owned and controlled by Yuri Shefler, the Russian oligarch who runs the Stoli Group and is desperate to “take control of Miraval.”
Jolie pursued and then finalized the putative sale in secret, purposefully keeping Pitt in the dark, and intentionally violating Pitt’s contractual rights, the legal filing continues. The celebrity actor is demanding damages in an amount to be established at trial, as well as for Jolie’s reported sale to be declared “null and void.”
According to insiders, the date of the transaction was tied to a judge’s decision to grant a provisional judgment handing Pitt 50/50 custody over the couple’s five minor children at the time.
The actor has requested a jury trial.
Pitt is suing for breach of implied-in-fact contract, breach of quasi-contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, abuse of rights under Luxembourg Civil Code Article 6-1, tortious interference with prospective business relations, with contractual relations, and constructive trust.
Because of her and Pitt’s pending divorce, Jolie previously had difficulty selling her interests in Quimicum, the business that owns and manages Miraval. In July, she requested a California judge to accept the sale despite the fact that their divorce was still pending.