Brad Pitt is reportedly suing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, claiming that she intentionally aimed to ‘inflict harm’ on the reputation of their previously co-owned wine business, Miraval, by selling her shares of the company to a ‘stranger.’ The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star recently filed documents in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, as reported by People. The former couple has been at odds regarding the wine estate since their divorce nearly five years ago.
The exes, who spent 12 years together, bought a vineyard and château in the south of France in 2008. The Mr and Mrs Smith costars got married at the property alongside the six children that they share together. However, the outlet also reported that the lawyers representing Pitt claim that when Jolie sold her shares to a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer owned by Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, she meant to harm the reputation of ‘the brand Pitt so carefully built.’
Pitt’s documents include a claim that the couple agreed to not sell shares of their co-owned estate without notifying the other party beforehand, and cite a breach of contract between Pitt’s company, Mondo Bongo, and Jolie’s business, Nouvel, according to the outlet. However, the BBC reports that Jolie did inform Pitt of her ‘painful’ decision to sell in January 2021. Pitt also alleges in the lawsuit that Jolie contributed ‘nothing to [Château] Miraval’s success.’
The lawsuit further alleges that it was Pitt who turned the wine company ‘into a multimillion-dollar global business and one of the world’s most highly regarded producers of rosé wine.’ Pitt, who claims Shefler’s involvement in the former couple’s wine business will diminish the work he put in, is asking for damages to be declared at trial by jury and for the sale to be null and void.
Meanwhile, a source told the outlet, “Mr Pitt’s lawsuit against Ms Jolie is an extension of a false narrative, and the truth of the situation has still not been made public. After the events that led to Ms Jolie filing for divorce and her years devoted to caring for their children, Ms Jolie and the children have not been able to return to the property, and she made the difficult decision to sell her stake in the business.”
The source went on to say, “After making multiple offers to her ex-husband, and knowing the business will be inherited by their children, she found a business partner with experience in the alcohol industry.” The source adds, “It’s unfortunate that after she properly and legally exited the business, Mr Pitt is entangling her in multiple lawsuits.”