Brad Pitt has accused his ex-wife of intentionally attempting to “inflict harm” on him in their Chateau Miraval Winery.
Pitt’s lawyers claim Angelina Jolie sold her stake in their winery to Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler in an effort to damage Pitt’s involvement in the company.
This is according to new legal documents filed in Los Angeles on Friday, June 3.
The first suit by Pitt was over the sale of her shares of Miraval back in February.
Then , he sought monetary damages, legal fees and for Jolie’s sale of Miraval to Shefler to be voided.
In these fresh documents, Pitt’s attorneys claim that “Jolie sought to inflict harm on Pitt”.
They allege that she “knew and intended that Shefler and his affiliates would try to control the business Pitt had built and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.
“The vineyard became Pitt’s passion — and a profitable one, as Miraval, under Pitt’s stewardship, has grown into a multimillion-dollar global business and one of the world’s most highly regarded producers of rosé wine.
“Jolie, meanwhile, contributed nothing to Miraval’s success. Instead, she allowed Pitt to pour money and sweat equity into the business in reliance on the consent right she owed him and a right of first refusal her business entity owed his.
The documents claim that, after obtaining a stake in Miraval, Shefler – the owner of SPI Group, an international alcohol sales consortium – has allegedly “launched a hostile takeover of the wine business, destabilizing Miraval’s operations and seeking access to Miraval’s confidential and proprietary information for the benefit of his competing enterprise.
“In violation of the parties’ agreement, Jolie has sought to force Pitt into partnership with a stranger, and worse yet, a stranger with poisonous associations and intentions.
“also maintains personal and professional relationships with individuals in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
“Pitt – through significant financial investment and years of sweat equity – has built a highly successful family-owned business.
“Miraval has correspondingly grown massively in value since 2008 and is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Meanwhile, Jolie has not returned to Miraval since filing for divorce in 2016.
“Jolie pursued and then consummated the purported sale in secret, purposely keeping Pitt in the dark, and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights.”
Pitt’s lawsuit back in February stated that the 58-year-old actor also claimed that per the terms of their divorce, which was finalized in 2019, the couple had a “mutual understanding” that neither of them could sell off their interest in the winery without the other’s consent.