Pitt claims Jolie broke their agreement not to sell their Château Miraval shares without the other’s permission.
Brad Pitt has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her share of a French winery they purchased jointly – and where they wedded – to a Russian billionaire.
Pitt claims Jolie broke their agreement not to sell their stakes in Château Miraval without the other’s consent by selling her part to a unit of Stoli Group, a spirits maker controlled by oligarch Yuri Shefler, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday.
In 2008, the Oscar-winning couple purchased a controlling interest in Miraval, a resort in Correns, south-east France, halfway between Marseille and Nice. In 2014, they married there.
Pitt, 58, said he “poured money and sweat equity” into creating Miraval one of the world’s most prestigious rosé wine producers, with a yearly turnover topping $50 million (£36.8 million), according to the complaint.
He accused Jolie, 46, of obtaining “unearned windfall revenues” from his labor while causing “gratuitous injury.”
Jolie’s lawyers did not immediately reply to demands for comment on Friday.
According to the lawsuit, Jolie told Pitt in January 2021 that she had made a “sad decision, with a heavy heart” to sell her Miraval stock because she could no longer operate an alcohol company due to personal issues. According to the complaint, Pitt and Jolie’s buyout talks fell five months later.
In October, Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of privately held Stoli, announced the purchase of Jolie’s interest.
The Los Angeles superior court complaint seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for breach of contract and other legal issues.
Jolie and Pitt divorced in 2016, and their divorce was finalized in 2019. They are the parents of six children.