A company founded by Angelina Jolie has filed a US$250million (£217million) lawsuit against the actor’s ex-husband Brad Pitt.
Since announcing their split in 2016, Jolie and Pitt have been embroiled in divorce proceedings involving custody and property disputes.
The lawsuit relates to the French winery the former couple bought together during their relationship.
Court filings filed and viewed on Tuesday (September 6). page six claim Pitt was attempting to “take control” of the 1,300-acre estate “in retaliation” for the “divorce and custody proceedings.”
The lawsuit alleges that the couple, who were married in 2014, both invested tens of millions of dollars to improve Chateau Miraval SA, an estate in southern France.
The site was bought by the actors in 2012 for around 25 million euros (£20,875,500) despite having rented it for years.
The lawsuit further alleges that Pitt squandered millions of the company’s money on “vanity projects,” including more than $1 million on a swimming pool.
Pitt has yet to deal with the lawsuit himself. However, a source close to the actor said Us weekly: “Unfortunately, this is a further rehashing and repackaging of old material to try to distract from the other party’s own conduct.”
The Independent reached out to a Pitt’s representative for comment.
The dispute over the winery began last year when Pitt filed legal filings accusing Jolie of “systematically obstructing” his leadership at the winery and selling her stake in the winery without giving him a chance to buy it first .
In June this year, lawyers on behalf of fight club Star said the business grew into a “multimillion-dollar international success story” under his leadership, but Jolie “didn’t contribute anything.”
According to the lawsuit, without Pitt’s knowledge, Jolie sold her stake to a Luxembourg liquor company controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
“Through the alleged sale, Jolie attempted to harm Pitt,” according to documents filed last week and obtained by the PA news agency.
The actors share six children, Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-miraval-winery-lawsuit-b2162390.html Angelina Jolie’s company files £250m lawsuit against Brad Pitt over French winery