Angelina Jolie says Brad Pitt lied in winery-sale lawsuit

Angelina Jolie has called ex-husband Brad Pitt a liar when it comes to their agreement – or lack of it – over the sale of Chateau Miraval and its winery.

The allegation came in a countersuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In it, Jolie’s legal team argued that the couple had not entered into any agreement that either side would consent to the sale of each party’s interest in the property.

Pitt claims that when Jolie and Pitt first bought their family home, Chateau Miraval, in 2008, the couple “tacitly agreed” that they would never sell their respective interests in the chateau without the other’s consent. That premise is false,” says Jolie’s counter-complaint.

(Pitt sued Jolie in February, in part, for “breach of an implied contract of substance,” “breach of a quasi-contract asserted alternatively,” and “breach of an implied obligation of good faith and fair dealing”).

“Pitt offers no explanation as to why this vitally important right was never discussed or written down,” the document said. “He never explains exactly how or when this secret, unspoken agreement was made. Nor does he explain why he and Jolie never told anyone about it — not their advisers, business partners, accountants, the press, or even their attorneys — nobody. The truth is that there is no such secret agreement.”

The filing notes that the purchase of Chateau Miraval was “meticulously documented by attorneys from at least three countries” due to the complicated ownership structure prior to Pitt and Jolie’s takeover.

Then Pitt’s business manager Warren Grant is quoted as saying: “Early on in the process I raised the issue of a purchase/sale agreement between A & B, but Brad said it was not necessary for two sane people to have such agreement. “

The two former spouses were apparently far from “reasonable” when Pitt learned in October 2021 that Jolie had sold her half of Miraval to a subsidiary of Stoli Group, the conglomerate owned by Russian ex-pat vodka billionaire Yuri Shefler heard.

Pitt alleged in his February lawsuit that since the sale, his company and Shefler’s have been at odds over the management and strategic direction of the company that operates Chateau Miraval. He also complained that he could no longer enjoy his private apartment since it was now owned by strangers.

The new document notes that “Jolie Pitt offered to sell her interest in Chateau Miraval, but in exchange for his purchase, Pitt required that she sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have contractually barred her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and Talking about emotional abuse of her and her children. Jolie refused to agree to such a stipulation and Pitt walked out of the deal.”

Jolie’s counterclaim essentially repeats the same domestic violence allegations uncovered in August after she filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI.

It was impossible to say whether the heavily redacted FBI document that surfaced in the case contained the counterclaims’ allegations that “Pitt choked one of the children and punched another in the face” during an international flight from Chateau Miraval in France in the United States .

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt six days after that flight and his alleged altercations. The FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services were investigating allegations of a physical altercation between Pitt and his then 15-year-old son, Maddox. None of the authorities pursued charges.

The couple, who met on the set of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith” purchased the Chateau Miraval estate years before marrying there in 2014. Although the two became legally unmarried in 2019, their controversial divorce proceedings are ongoing.

An attorney for Pitt did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-10-04/brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-winery-lawsuit-abuse-allegations Angelina Jolie says Brad Pitt lied in winery-sale lawsuit

Sarah Ridley

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