The ongoing legal battle surrounding the French estate and winery Château Miraval, formerly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, has taken a new turn.
According to a recent court filing obtained by CNN, Nouvel, Jolie’s former investment company, accuses Pitt and alleged “co-conspirators” of engaging in actions to retain control of Château Miraval by depleting its assets through “stripping” and “looting.” Nouvel is seeking damages of at least $350 million.
The court document, filed on Monday, states, “Pitt wasted the company’s assets, spending millions on vanity projects, including over $1 million on swimming pool renovations, multiple reconstructions of a staircase, and millions to restore a recording studio.”
Nouvel’s attorneys claim in the filing that Pitt’s alleged “misconduct” escalated after Jolie sold Nouvel in October 2021 to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group controlled by Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
The filing further states, “Incensed that Jolie sold Nouvel to Stoli rather than him, Pitt has acted like a petulant child, refusing to treat Nouvel as an equal partner in the business.”
Pitt initially filed a lawsuit in February 2022, contesting Jolie’s sale of the estate and winery, citing it as “unlawful” due to an alleged agreement between them that neither would sell without the other’s consent.
Jolie filed a countersuit, asserting that no such agreement existed and that she sold her share of the winery to achieve “financial independence” from Pitt and seek “peace and closure” from the distressing chapter in her and their children’s lives.
The former couple acquired the country estate and winery in the south of France in 2008. In recent court documents, Pitt’s attorneys referred to Jolie’s sale of her stake in Miraval as “vindictive” following an “adverse custody ruling.”
Paul Murphy, Jolie’s attorney, responded to these claims in a statement to CNN, referencing allegations of abuse by Pitt during a 2016 plane flight, which were previously raised by Jolie in another court filing last fall.
“Still today, and in the seven years since that fateful plane ride, he personally has never publicly denied that it happened. The reality is that Pitt refused to complete the Miraval sale with Jolie unless she agreed to be silenced about the abuse,” Murphy stated.
A representative for Pitt disputed the details mentioned in the October filing in a statement to CNN, saying, “Brad has accepted responsibility for what he did but will not for things he didn’t do.”
It’s important to note that Pitt was neither arrested nor charged with the incident, as the FBI concluded its investigation.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016, and although they were declared legally single in 2019, a finalized shared custody arrangement for their minor children is still pending.