Brad Pitt sues ex-wife Angelina Jolie after she ‘secretly’ sold her share in French winery Chateau Miraval to Russian oligarch
- Pitt, 58, says Jolie, 46, did not honor terms they initially agreed to regarding the French winery
- Former couple purchased property in 2008 for $28.4 million
- Pitt said he put far more work and funding into the winery to make it profitable
- Pitt and Jolie wed in 2014 and split in 2016
Brad Pitt is suing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her share of a jointly owned estate and winery to a Russian businessman.
The actor, 58 filed a lawsuit against the actress, 46, after she offloaded her share of the French estate Château Miraval the Correns, France winery to Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Brad said in court documents he and Jolie initially purchased the winery in 2008 for $28.4 million, at which time she put down about 40 percent of the funding (about $11.36 million).
The latest: Brad Pitt, 58, is suing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, 46, for selling her share of a jointly owned estate and winery to a Russian businessman
Brad now wants a judge to order Angelina to undo the deal after Tenute del Mondo, controlled by Yuri, with court documents claiming she completed the sale ‘without his knowledge’.
The Fight Club actor told the court he and Jolie had agreed they would not sell off their interest in the winery without the consent of the other party.
He said he put far more work and funding into the winery to make it profitable, and by 2013 she hadn’t matched his efforts on either front.
In court documents filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and obtained by the New York Post’s Page Six column, reads: ‘Jolie consummated the purported sale without Pitt’s knowledge, denying Pitt the consent right she owed him and the right of first refusal her business entity owed his.
Pitt said in court docs that he and Jolie initially purchased the winery in 2008 (pictured in 2008) for $28.4 million
Pitt told the court Shefler’s involvement has been detrimental to his ability to efficiently run the winery, which is located in Correns, France
‘She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.’
Jolie informed the court that she intended to sell her share of the winery in July of 2021, Brad said in legal documents, adding in September of 2021 he consented to letting the Lara Croft actress seek out a buyer who he would have approval rights on.
At the time, her firm and her former husband’s own Bongo LLC were equal shareholders in a Luxembourg company that had ownership interests in the Chateau Miraval estate in France, and a winery business branded as SNC Miraval Provence.
The former couple produced their feted 2014 Miraval Rose wine at the winery
The actor told the court he learned in October of 2021 Jolie had sold her share to Shefler’s organization, and did not seek his approval or the deal or disclose the terms to him, against what they had previously agreed to.
He also said Shefler’s involvement has been detrimental to his ability to efficiently run the winery.
A source close to Brad told TMZ his ex-wife disregarded ‘her legal and ethical obligations’ in selling her share to Shefler, and ‘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.’
Angelina ‘is seeking a return on an investment she did not make and profits she did not earn,’ the insider said.
The former Hollywood couple, who wed in 2014 and split in 2016, have been entangled in the legal system amid battles on multiple issues over the past five years-plus.
Last May, Brad was awarded joint custody of their minor children, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and Vivienne and Knox, 13. They are also parents to Maddox, 20.
At war: The ex Hollywood couple, who wed in 2014 and split in 2016, have been entangled in the legal system amid battles on multiple issues over the past five years-plus (pictured 2008)
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