Brad Pitt says in a legal filing that Angelina Jolie ‘vindictively’ sold a winery amid a custody battle. Brad Pitt won’t give up his court battle with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie over a winery they used to own together in France.
In new court papers filed by Pitt’s lawyers on Thursday and obtained by sources, the actor calls Jolie’s plan to sell her share of Chateau Miraval in 2021 “revenge” for an “unfavorable custody ruling.”
The papers say, “Her decision to end negotiations with Pitt was planned and made up.” “At trial, it will be shown that Jolie’s actions were illegal, hurt Pitt badly on purpose, and gave herself an unfair advantage.”
In a statement to CNN on Friday afternoon, Jolie’s lawyer, Paul Murphy, talked about Pitt’s alleged abuse during a 2016 flight, which was part of a court filing that Jolie made in October.
“Even now, seven years after that fatal flight, he has never said in public that it didn’t happen. Murphy said Friday that the truth is that Pitt wouldn’t sell Miraval to Jolie unless she agreed to keep quiet about the abuse.
In a comment to the media at the time, a person who worked for Pitt disagreed with some of what was in the October file. The spokesperson said, “Brad has taken responsibility for what he did, but not for what he didn’t do.” After the FBI’s review, Pitt was not arrested or charged in connection with the event.
“In answer to claims made after a flight within the special aircraft authority of the United States that arrived in Los Angeles with Mr. Brad Pitt and his children on board, the FBI has looked into the situation and decided not to look into it any further.
In a comment to the media at the time, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said that no charges had been made in this case. In 2016, Jolie asked Pitt to end their marriage. They were declared officially single in 2019, but they still don’t know how they will share care of their young children.
In October 2021, Jolie sold her share of Miraval to Tenute del Mondo, a branch of Stoli Group, which is run by the Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler.
Pitt sued over the sale for the first time in 2022 according to Page Six. He said it was “illegal” because, he said, when they bought Chateau Miraval together, they decided that neither would sell without the other’s permission.
Jolie filed a countersuit, saying that there was never any such deal and that she sold her share of the winery to be “financially independent” from Pitt and to “have some form of peace and closure to this deeply painful and traumatic chapter of her and their children’s lives.”
In 2008, the former couple bought a farm and winery in the south of France.