Angelina Jolie is fighting back with her own lawsuit against ex Brad Pitt over the wine business they previously co-owned together.
Jolie’s Nouvel business is seeking more than $250 million in damages, accusing Pitt of “waging a vindictive war against Jolie since she filed for divorce in 2016.
“These counterclaims reveal the true nature of Pitt’s egregious misconduct. To be clear, it is Pitt, and not Jolie, Nouvel or any of the other defendants, who acted in a hostile, destructive and illegal manner. His conduct Pitt seriously damaged Nouvel,” the documents, obtained by PEOPLE, state.
Lawyers allege that Pitt, 58, “constructed a so far successful scheme to seize control” of Château Miraval, the southern France vineyard and home which, in 2008, the couple, who have six children, bought a controlling stake in They claim that Pitt has now “frozen Nouvel out of Château Miraval and treats it as his personal fiefdom” and “wasted his assets, spending millions on vanity projects, including more than $1 million on pool renovations and other funds to restore a recording studio.”
The legal filing claims Jolie, 47, reportedly negotiated for months with Pitt’s side to sell him her half of the winery — but he “asked at the eleventh hour for burdensome and unrelated terms, including a provision intended to prohibit of Jolie to speak publicly about the events that had led to the collapse of their marriage.” According to the filing, Jolie was unwilling to agree to the “hush clause” and instead sold her stake to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group, in October 2021.
A source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE, “This is just the latest in a series of deliberate attempts to misdirect, recycle, and reposition the truth of what happened over the past six years, believing that reasonable people will be fooled by these obvious misrepresentations. “
“It’s hard to see how leaving a legacy of 40 percent of something is better than 100 percent of something, and it’s equally inexplicable how continuing to visit the same spots over and over again is in any way beneficial to this family “, the source adds. .
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In his own lawsuit in June, Pitt accused Jolie of damaging the winery’s reputation by selling her half to a “stranger,” saying she intentionally “sought to harm him” by selling her interests in the wine company. Pitt said they had agreed never to sell their respective interests in the family business without each other’s consent.
His legal team wrote in the documents that Miraval became his “passion” project that grew “into a multi-million dollar global business and one of the most recognized rosé wine producers in the world” through his work. The actor claimed that Jolie contributed “nothing to the success of Miraval”.
“Jolie pursued and then consummated the purported sale in secret, intentionally keeping Pitt in the dark and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights,” the filing from Pitt’s team said at the time.
Ethan Miller/WireImage Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in March 2014
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Pitt’s suit claimed Jolie’s Nouvel business owed Mondo Bongo’s company a right of first refusal and the sale violated that right. Jolie was previously approved to sell her stake in the property in September. It seeks damages “in an amount to be proven at trial” plus the alleged sale that Jolie made to be declared “void.”
The new filing from Jolie’s legal team says: “Pitt is a gasser, claiming to be the victim to cover up the harm he intentionally caused his ex-wife (by cutting her out of the business and keeping the most important part of her net but Pitt should look in the mirror because it is he, and not the Stoli Group, who is carrying baggage, some of the recent headline news, that is detrimental to the Château Miraval business.”
Explaining why she wanted to leave the winery, the documents add: “Jolie was already increasingly uncomfortable with being involved in a liquor business. Furthermore, given the events that led to her filing for divorce, neither she nor any of the children felt able to return to the castle.’
She also claimed that “over the years”, Pitt – who has been open about his sobriety and past alcoholism – “developed an addiction to alcohol, which resulted in increasingly destructive behavior towards Jolie and the rest of their family ».