Brad Pitt accuses Angelina Jolie of being ‘vindictive’ in Miraval deal
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has made new accusations against Angelina Jolie regarding their legal tussle over Château Miraval.
The complaint, which was filed on 1 June according to CBS News, highlighted new documents from Pitt accusing Jolie of attempting “to seize profits she had not earned and returns on an investment she did not make” and describing his ex-wife’s actions as “vindictive”.
The embittered legal battle that dates back to October 2021, is based on Jolie’s sale of shares in the Provence winery Château Miraval when she made a deal with Tenute del Mondo, owned by the Luxembourg-based company Stoli.
The company is owned by Yuri Shefler who, in the words of Pitt’s legal documents, is described as “an oligarch in the Russian Federation” and a man who Pitt has claimed attempted to buy Miraval from him before, which he declined.
Pitt’s lawyers are hoping to halt the sale, which Pit revealed he had only learned about in the press, and underlined in the new document that making wine has become his “passion” and that under both his and his winery partner Marc Perrin’s guidance has flourished into a “multimillion-dollar global business and one of the world’s most highly regarded makers of rosé wine”.
Pitt has also been reported to have made further claims that, as per his divorce filing with Jolie, neither side would sell shares in Miraval without the other’s consent.
Additionally, Pitt’s documents are said to state that when they discussed divorce in 2017, Jolie said she would only “take what she put in”. But Pitt claims that it was he who “invested money and sweat equity into the home and business” and not Jolie.
In a court filing in a multimillion dollar case last year, Pitt suggested that his ex-wife’s decision to sell the Provencal winery to an oligarch is “violating [his] contractual rights” and claimed that she “contributed nothing” to Château Miraval.
The 400 hectare Provençal estate was the fairytale setting for the Hollywood couple’s 2014 wedding, but since 2019 it has become a battleground for the increasingly bitter divorce proceedings between the two, with each of the actors claiming the other had sought to control the asset.
At the time, the Hollywood power couple agreed to inform each other if they ever wanted to sell their shares. The lawsuit alleges that Jolie tried to sell her shares without giving Pitt right of first refusal.