Brad Pitt slams Angelina Jolie for being ‘vengeful’ at the winery

Hollywood stars in the middle of their constant custody battle Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hit the headlines again when the actor made a shocking statement accusing his ex-wife of secretly wanting to sell a portion of their French vineyard, Château Miraval, to a suspected Russian oligarch.

Pitt claims Jolie’s actions were driven by a desire to “severely harm” him and “get rich” as revenge. In his counterclaim, he accused Pitt of trying to force him to sell to his own company on “unreasonable terms.”

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According to the “12 Years a Slave” actor’s legal team, Jolie allegedly worked behind the scenes to arrange the secret sale of part of their Miraval vineyard to a Russian oligarch. Daily Mail. Pitt claims the move was a deliberate attempt to undermine him personally and financially following the fallout from a high-profile divorce and custody battle.

Located in the picturesque region of Correns, a village in southern France, Miraval was purchased by the former couple in 2011 for $60 million and is known for producing the award-winning Miraval Rosé, which attracts wine enthusiasts and celebrities alike.

According to the news site, the former couple made a “mutual and binding commitment” to their $160 million family business, and both agreed to never sell their stake without the other’s permission. Nevertheless, in 2021 he sold 50% of his share to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler.

Court documents obtained by the news outlet include: “As will be determined at trial, Jolie’s actions were unlawful, seriously and intentionally harmed Pitt and unjustly enriched herself.”

Brad Pitt was blindsided by Angelina Jolie’s actions

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Pitt is said to have been blindsided by Jolie’s moves to sell her stake in Château Miraval, as he had no prior knowledge of her plan and only learned of it through a 2021 press release.

According to the Daily Mail, the actor pointed out that while he had first-mover rights to the “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” actress’ stake in the winery, he instead chose to secretly sell it to Tenute del Mondo, a Russian-linked spirits company controlled by Yuri Shefler.

Pitt claimed it linked Château Miraval to Russia, its homophobic laws and the invasion of Ukraine – potentially tarnishing the prized rosé’s reputation.

The custody battle of the former power couple has been in the news for years, numerous accusations and counter-accusations have been discussed back and forth. Pitt and Jolie have six children; Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne, and have been embroiled in a complicated legal dispute over custody arrangements since their 2016 split.

Brad Pitt reportedly invested more in the winery

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Further details revealed by the publication regarding Pitt’s relationship with the Miraval vineyard shed light on the significant investments he has made and his contractual rights.

The court filing revealed that as part of their original agreement, the estranged couple committed to keep Mira together and sell their separate interests when the time came.

That provision would have reportedly allowed him to buy his stake before considering any outside bids. Pitt’s legal team says Jolie’s move to sell her share of Miraval to a Russian oligarch without notifying or involving Pitt violates their agreement.

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The filing revealed that out of trust in his then-wife, he “dedicated his time and resources to renovating the estate and building a highly successful wine business.”

He continued: “Jolie, while supportive of Pitt’s efforts for the family, did not do the work necessary to make Miraval a success. Instead, he allowed Pitt to pour money and capital into the business, relying on his promise to hold together the contractual rights to Miraval and the Nouvel holding company.”

According to the news outlet, Pitt’s investment exceeded Jolie’s by nearly $50 million at the time of their divorce.

Angelina Jolie filed a counterclaim

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The “Tomb Raider” star has filed a countersuit against Pitt over his claims regarding the sale of his stake in the Miraval vineyard and other allegations against him.

According to the Daily Mail, his legal team came forward with their demands, challenging Pitt’s accusations and painting a different picture of the situation. She claimed the actor tried to force her to sell her stake in his company Mondo Bongo on “unreasonable terms” and spread lies that Shefler was “a Vladimir Putin ally.”

Jolie also alleged that Pitt hid assets and wasted the company’s money on projects that weren’t viable, including a swimming pool and an ornate staircase that was rebuilt four times.

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