Brad Pitt Sues Ex Angelina Jolie Over Winery Sale
Brad Pitt has filed a new suit against Angelina Jolie, claiming she sold her share of the French winery they bought together, Chateau Miraval, without his consent. Pitt is seeking damages and attempting to reverse the deal, which saw Jolie pass her interests in the company on to Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
The two actors bought Chateau Miraval, located in the south of France, in 2008. It was the location for their wedding ceremony in 2014, though they had been in a highly-publicized relationship long before that. Court documents acknowledged Jolie spent $28.4 million in the initial purchase, which was about 40% of the total price. Pitt’s docs also alleged he has invested much more money and time in the winery over the years and was the main reason it became a success around 2013.
Jolie first told courts that she had reached an agreement to sell her stake in Chateau Miraval last July and Pitt later cryptically responded by saying Jolie was allowed to pursue the sale, but he wasn’t necessarily consenting to it depending on the buyer. Pitt is now saying that he was shocked to see Shefler’s company Tenute Del Mondo, a subsidiary of vodka company Stoli Group, as the buyer.
Pitt’s camp has claimed that Shefler has already made work on the winery more difficult, which he is currently renovating with the aim of opening a music recording studio on the property by the summer of this year.
The once-power couple separated in 2016, only two years after they officially wed. They were legally declared single in 2019, but have still been engaged in a bitter custody battle, and financial spats like this most recent one have further complicated the divorce.