Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still at odds about their winery.
Pitt filed a lawsuit against Jolie in February for what he claimed was the “illegal” sale of her part in Château Miraval, a French vineyard and country home that the couple bought in 2008.
Jolie accused her ex-husband Brad Pitt of “waging a vindictive war against her” and “hijacking” control of the lucrative winery business they once owned in a countersuit filed this week, which CNN was able to obtain.
Pitt’s lawsuit claims that Pitt and Jolie will spend the holidays on the home where they were wedded in 2014.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016 following a heated incident aboard a private jet examined by the FBI.
Following this, according to Jolie’s lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of her former business Nouvel LLC, Pitt “and his allies” engaged in “illegal and malicious actions” with the goal of “injuring” Jolie and Nouvel “by devaluing its investments and denying it its proper role in the management of Chateau Miraval, the renowned producer of rosé wine.”
Jolie is asking for compensatory damages of at least $250 million.
CNN has reached out to representatives for Pitt and Jolie for comment.
The countersuit claims Pitt handled trademark registrations improperly, which had “devastating financial repercussions” for Nouvel, and “masterminded a thus far successful scheme to gain control of Chateau Miraval.”
The lawsuit claims that Pitt “has locked Nouvel out of Chateau Miraval and treated it as his personal dominion.”
It also says Pitt, “embarked on a multi-faceted, years-long campaign to acquire control of Chateau Miraval and plunder the company’s assets for his benefit and that of his own firms and cronies.”
Jolie “did nothing to drive (the) growth,” according to Pitt’s claim, of the company, which he claimed he turned into a “multimillion dollar international success story.”
Pitt allegedly “refused to provide Jolie or Nouvel equal access to Chateau Miraval’s records or an equal voice over management,” so “keeping the most substantial part of her net worth hostage,” according to Jolie’s countersuit.
In October 2021, Jolie left the company and sold Nouvel and its ownership in Miraval to Tenute del Mondo, a division of the Stoli Group, which is run by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Pitt’s complaint argues the sale was improper because he and Jolie had promised when they purchased Château Miraval that neither would sell without the other’s consent. However, according to Jolie’s countersuit, Pitt and Jolie’s discussions to sell Nouvel to Pitt went apart because of “a provision designed to ban Jolie from publicly commenting about the events that had led to the breakup of their marriage.”
Jolie’s countersuit claims that Pitt “used the fact that a significant portion of Jolie’s wealth and liquidity were tied to Nouvel and used that fact to try to force Jolie to agree to his unreasonable terms.”
Pitt’s lawsuit contained a demand for “relief that the Court deems just and proper,” but it did not mention a dollar sum for damages sought.
Pitt and Jolie’s marriage was dissolved in 2019, but their legal dispute over their assets and the custody of their young children has persisted.
A retired judge who had been appointed by both sides to mediate the custody battle was found to be ineligible by a California appeals court last year due to his covert connections to Pitt’s legal team.
For the benefit of her kids, Jolie informed Vogue India in 2020 that she had ended her marriage to Pitt.
Pitt revealed to GQ in 2017 that he had given up drinking after “boozing” excessively the previous year.
He spoke lately finding serenity in an interview with British GQ from June 2022.
According to him, “I always felt quite alone in my life, alone as a youngster, even out here, and it’s really only recently that I have had a better embrace of my friends and family.”