Brad Pitt is accusing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie of intentionally trying to harm him by damaging the winery she and Pitt once owned together.
Pitt, 58, has been engaged in a legal battle with Jolie, 47, over the sale of her stake in the French winery Miraval since February. The former couple bought the Correns, France located winery in 2008. They were married on the property in 2014.
In new legal documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Pitt’s lawyers assert that Jolie intentionally “sought to inflict harm on” her ex-husband by selling her share to a Russian oligarch — a “stranger” — with nefarious intentions, per PEOPLE.
Pitt’s lawyers write in their filing that Jolie planned to sell her interest in the winery in October to Tenute del Mondo, a company “bent on taking control of Miraval” and “indirectly owned and controlled by Yuri Shefler, the Russian billionaire who controls the Stoli Group.”
Pitt’s team continue, “Jolie pursued and then consummated the purported sale in secret, purposely keeping Pitt in the dark, and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights.”
Since Jolie sold her share, Shefler has launched a hostile takeover of Miraval and is trying to get ahold of “confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his competing enterprise,” Pitt’s lawyers say. They also accuse Shefler of having “cutthroat business tactics and dubious professional associations,” which “jeopardizes the reputation of the brand Pitt so carefully built.”
“Jolie has sought to force Pitt into partnership with a stranger, and worse yet, a stranger with poisonous associations and intentions,” they add.
In previously-filed court documents obtained by ET, Pitt acknowledged that Jolie did pay 40 per cent of the $28.4 million purchase price but countered that he put in additional money and time into making the winery a success. In Pitt’s latest filings, he goes even further, saying Miraval was his “passion” and that he turned it “into a multimillion-dollar global business and one of the world’s most highly regarded producers of rosé wine,” while Jolie contributed “nothing to Miraval’s success.”
A source close to Jolie told People, “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. 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 added, “It’s unfortunate that after she properly and legally exited the business, Mr. Pitt is entangling her in multiple lawsuits.”
Since Pitt brought the lawsuit against Jolie, he’s insisted that the couple had an agreement they couldn’t sell without the other’s consent.
Last year, while the pair were engaged in divorce proceedings, Jolie did tell a judge she had an interested Luxembourg-based buyer. At the time, Pitt gave consent to pursue the sale but said he needed to give the final go ahead to the prospective buyer.
Pitt claims he was in disbelief to find out last October that Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group, owned by Russian oligarch, Yuri Shefler, had bought Jolie’s interest. Jolie also reportedly knew that Pitt was interested in buying her out, according to The Blast.
Pitt’s team claims that Jolie never sought consent and claim she intentionally hid details. He also says that Shefler has made it difficult for him to run Chateau Miraval and is no longer allowed to use it has his private home.
Pitt is suing for an unspecified amount in damages. He would also like Jolie’s sale to be null and void.
“Unfortunately, this is another example of the same person disregarding her legal and ethical obligations. In doing so, she has violated the rights of the only person who poured money and sweat equity into the success of the business by purporting to sell both the business and family home to a third-party competitor,” a source previously told TMZ. “She is seeking a return on an investment she did not make and profits she did not earn.”