Angelina Jolie’s company, Nouvel, has sued ex-husband Brad Pitt for $250 million claiming the actor took control of their French estate in retaliation for their divorce.
The ex-couple reached a new level of legal drama.
In court documents, Nouvel, the company the Maleficent actress Angelina Jolie founded, is suing the Bullet Train actor Brad Pitt for $250 million,
claiming he attempted to ”seize control” of Chateau Miraval, the 1300-acre country estate they bought together following their split.
The complaint states. On Sep 6, “In retaliation for the divorce and custody proceedings, Pitt embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to seize control of Chateau Miraval and appropriate the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own companies and friends,”
Added, “Appointing himself the rightful owner of Chateau Miraval, his twin objectives were to usurp the value of Jolie’s company, Nouvel, and to obtain sole ownership of Chateau Miraval.”
As alleged in the lawsuit, Pitt “wasted” Chateau resources, “spending millions on vanity projects, including more than $1 million on swimming pool renovations and other funds restoring a recording studio.”
Moreover, it alleges that Pitt “attempted to turn over 50% of the ownership of Chateau Miraval’s most valuable assets, the Miraval trademarks,” free of charge, seizing “millions of dollars of value from Nouvel and put it in the pockets of Pitt and his friends.”
Moreover, Jolie and Pitt — who share six children — agreed for her to oversee their charity, while “oversight of the couple’s investment in Chateau Miraval was left in the hands of Pitt.”
The lawsuit claims Pitt operated the winery without consulting Jolie. As soon as she requested more information and control over the property, Brad attempted “block Jolie and Nouvel from obtaining information about or managing Chateau Miraval.”
According to the lawsuit, Jolie sold Nouvel to an international beverage company in October 2021 once Brad “ignored Jolie’s final offer to sell her interest in the winery on the same terms Pitt had proposed but without the hush clause.”
States the lawsuit, “Although Jolie was not obligated to sell to Pitt, she nevertheless offered to sell her interest to him and negotiated with him for months,”
In addition, the lawsuit adds, “Nearing a deal, Pitt’s hubris got the better of him: he made an eleventh-hour demand for onerous and irrelevant conditions, including a provision designed to prohibit Jolie from publicly speaking about the events that had led to the breakdown of their marriage. Pitt knew that much of Jolie’s wealth and liquidity were tied up in Nouvel and used that fact to try to force Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms.”
The ex-couple’s legal battle over the French estate is the latest in a series of lawsuits. Pitt sued Jolie in February for allegedly selling her stake without his consent in their French winery.
Troy actor filed court documents in June stating, “Jolie pursued and then consummated the purported sale in secret, purposely keeping Pitt in the dark, and knowingly violating Pitt’s contractual rights. By doing so, Jolie sought to seize profits she had not earned and returns on an investment she did not make. Also, through the purported sale, Jolie sought to inflict harm on Pitt.”