Brad Pitt has filed a lawsuit against Angelina Jolie for selling her share of the Château Miraval estate in France.

Brad Pitt is suing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, alleging that she sold their French chateau, Château Miraval, illegally.

Pitt claims they agreed that neither would sell their half of the Château — where they married in 2014 — or its lucrative vineyard without the other’s permission.

However, while the vineyard became “Pitt’s passion,” Jolie brazenly sold her portion to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler without his authorization, according to the lawsuit.

“Jolie consummated the putative sale without Pitt’s knowledge,” according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, “denying Pitt the consent right she owed him and the right of first refusal her corporate entity gave him.”

“She sold her investment based on her knowledge and experience.”

Chateau Miraval

The Miraval estate is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur area of southeastern France, in the village of Correns. The 35-room estate is surrounded by exquisite gardens, which include a moat, fountains, aqueducts, a pond, a church, and a vineyard in which Pitt claims to have put a substantial sum of money.

Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 58, purchased the estate for $28.4 million in 2008 with the intention of raising their children there and starting a family winery. The couple married there in 2014 and divorced in 2019.

Even though their tumultuous divorce has been finalized, the couple is still fighting over child custody and their substantial assets in court.

Pitt turned Miraval’s vineyard into a multimillion-dollar enterprise and one of the most successful in the world.

The suit claims that in January 2021, “Jolie told Pitt in writing that she had reached a ‘sad decision, with a heavy heart.'”

The suit adds, “Jolie explained she bought Miraval with Pitt ‘as a family business’ and as the location she felt they’would grow old’ together.”

“However,” Jolie said, “given her personal concerns, she could no longer maintain any ownership position in an alcohol-based firm.” Pitt launched talks to buy out Jolie’s stake in the company.

angelina jolie and brad pitt French Chateau

The Stoli Group’s wine subsidiary, Tenute del Mondo, then announced in October 2021 that it had purchased Jolie’s 50 percent ownership in the estate and the wines it produces. Shefler, a Russian businessman, is in charge of the company.

Pitt was taken aback by the sale, and now claims he is unable to use the Château as his own residence and can no longer manage the firm he helped to start and invest millions of dollars in.

“Jolie attempts to recoup unjustified windfall profits for herself while causing gratuitous pain on Pitt,” the lawsuit continues. Jolie stopped contributing to Miraval a long time ago, while Pitt poured money and work effort into the winery. Jolie is trying to get her hands on profits she didn’t earn and returns on an investment she didn’t make.

Brangelina tied the knot at their vineyard estate in Le Val, France on August 23.

While Pitt’s investment and work to produce Miraval wine has made the property worth hundreds of millions of dollars, “Miraval’s success and related growth in value permitted Jolie to cash out without ever having lifted a finger to grow the enterprise.”

“Unfortunately, this is another example of the same person neglecting her legal and ethical responsibility,” a source acquainted with the issue stated.

“By appearing to sell both the business and the family home to a third-party competitor, she has infringed the rights of the only individual who poured money and sweat equity into the development of the business.”

“She wants a return on an investment she didn’t make and earnings she didn’t make.”

 

 

 

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