The fierce legal dispute between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enters a new phase
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2014 file photo of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (AFP)
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The fierce legal dispute between the two stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie over the terms of their divorce entered a new chapter, as the actor sued his ex-wife to challenge her selling her shares in a vineyard for wine production they own in southern France, demanding that the civil judiciary consider it, according to a report by the French Press Agency.
In 2011, the couple established a partnership with the French vine-growing family, Piran, to produce “Miraval Côte de Provence” wine, after their castle in the town of Val (near Corrance in the Var province in southeastern France).
In 2008, the two stars acquired the 500-hectare property, including 50 hectares of vineyards.
In 2014, the palace and the surrounding land hosted Jolie and Pitt’s wedding after a years-long relationship, and in 2016 they began the ongoing divorce proceedings since, and witnessed long legal battles, most notably those related to the custody of their six children.
The latest chapter of this dispute is a lawsuit filed by Brad Pitt Thursday evening before a California court, stating that the two stars “agreed not to sell either of their shares in the Miraval property without the consent of the other.”
However, last October, Angelina Jolie sold her shares to a “company for the manufacture of spirits based in Luxembourg owned by the Russian Yuri Scheffler”, who was previously the head of the largest vodka export company in Russia, and is facing a lawsuit with the Russian state in 2002.
Angelina Jolie’s attorney, Robert Olson, said the actress had not yet been formally informed of the lawsuit, and that her representatives had learned of it “through the media.”
“I believe Mr. Pitt is aware that Ms. Jolie is currently traveling on a long-distance international flight with her children, and it is not possible to contact her, and she is unable to respond,” Olson said in a statement received by AFP.
The lawsuit, seen by Agence France-Presse, indicated that the party that bought the shares was the “Tinote del Mundo” company, a subsidiary of the “Stoly” group owned by Schaeffler.
Brad Pitt blamed Angelina Jolie in the lawsuit for not offering him to sell his shares before she gave up her stake, accusing her of “long-term hiatus from contributing to Miraval”, and demanding that the case be heard in a civil court that includes a jury. Even a source familiar with the file accused Angelina Jolie on Friday of “seeking to obtain a return on investment that she did not achieve and profits that she did not earn.”
In 2008 the couple paid “about 25 million euros” to purchase the property, with Brad Pitt contributing 60 percent of this amount and Angelina Jolie 40 percent. Since their partnership with winemaker Marc Perran in 2011, sales have increased from $3 million in 2013 to more than $50 million in 2021.
In January 2020, the cooperation expanded to include the Champagne manufacturer “Peters” in eastern France. She described the deal as “a family project between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and their children with the families, Beran and Peters.”
On Friday, the company “Tnotte del Mundo”, in response to a question from the French Press Agency, expressed its satisfaction with the “investment in Miraval.”
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