This is only the latest development in a contentious court battle of their assets. The stars of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” tied the knot in 2014 before they went their separate ways in 2019. Even though their divorce has been finalized, the court battles over their assets are far from over.
Their newest court battle is centered around Chateau Miraval. The Miraval estate is located in the village of Correns, just north of Brignoles. The 35-room mansion is surrounded by gardens with a moat, fountains, ancient aqueducts, a pond, a chapel, and its profitable vineyard that Pitt has invested a large amount of time and money in.
Brad Pitt Sues Angelina Jolie Over Chateau Miraval Sale
In documents obtained exclusively by The Blast, the “Fight Club” star is suing his ex-wife for selling off her share of Chateau Miraval.
In 2008, both parties purchased a controlling interest in Chateau Miraval S.A., a French company that consists of both the home and the vineyard. At the time, Jolie and Pitt purchased the chateau to share with their children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox. They also planned to use the vineyard as a business.
As per the new complaint filed by Pitt in February 2022, the pair mutually agreed that they would never sell their respective interests in Miraval without each other’s consent.
The chateau has special meaning to the couple, who were married there in 2014. According to the documents, the vineyard has become a passion project for the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” actor, who has turned the company into a profitable business. Under Pitt’s tenure, the business has grown into a multi-million-dollar venture that has become one of the world’s most sought-after rose wines.
Brad Pitt Alleges Angelina Jolie Sold Her Interest To A Spirits Manufacturer Without His Consent
In October 2021, the Marvel’s “Eternals” actress purported to sell her interests to a Luxembourg-based spirits manufacturer. Brad Pitt claims that Angelina Jolie completed this sale completely without his knowledge. He insists that she owed him a consent right as per their initial agreement. He claims that she sold her interest with the knowledge that the new owners would seek to control the business and undermine his own investment in the company that he helped develop.
The court documents allege that Jolie is trying to take profits that she has not earned and collect returns on an investment that she did not make. He says that selling her stake in Miraval is unlawful on multiple grounds; among them, the documents claim that the purported sale breaches the agreement that Jolie and Pitt first made, which would require their mutual consent in order to sell any shares of the company.
Pitt claims that the sale deprives him of the right to use the residence as his private home and also robs him of the ability to oversee the company that he helped create. He says that he has continued to invest millions of dollars in Miraval even after Jolie stopped, greatly increasing the value of Miraval through his own efforts.
The documents further state that Jolie knew that Pitt was trying to buy out her stake in Miraval, either in whole or in part, on a fair price and reasonable terms.
Pitt is now suing for an unspecified amount of damages, but the sum could be in the millions. He is also asking for the courts to declare that her sale of Nouvel, the company that owned her shares of Miraval, is null and void.
Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Continue To Court Battle Over Their Assets
According to Vanity Fair, Jolie had allegedly sold her stake back in October 2021. According to a press release at the time, the “Maleficent” actress sold her 50% stake in the company to the wine division of the Stoli Group, Tenute del Mondo.
At the time, Jolie was reportedly aware that she was prohibited from selling her shares in Quimicum, the company that owns and controls Chateau Miraval. A few months before the purported sale, she tried to get that order lifted to avoid becoming a “disregarded business partner with her ex-husband,” according to documents filed by one of her lawyers.
At the time, Stoli Group global chief executive Damian McKinney told the Wall Street Journal, “We are not aware of any issues related to our purchase of 50% of Miraval nor do we have any concerns.”